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Paralegal with ties to the Victor Valley arrested for sex crimes with a minor

Detectives believe there may be other victims out there

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) – A paralegal with ties to the Victor Valley was arrested by the Riverside Police Department for having unlawful sex with a minor as well as video taping and photographing them during the crimes, officials said.

Dennis Shea, 39, of Riverside, was arrested for unlawful sex with a minor, sodomy of a minor under the age of 18, and lewd acts with a minor.

On December 19, 2017, Detectives from the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit began an investigation into a male suspect who was alleged to have committed several criminal acts of sexual intercourse with a minor within Riverside’s Arlington neighborhood.

According to a news release, Shea would utilize different social media applications and offer the female victim gifts in exchange for sexual acts. He would also take videos and photographs of the victim while the crimes occurred at his residence in the 3400 block of Wilbur Street.

During the investigation, Detectives learned the San Bernardino Police Department was looking into the same suspect for similar crimes occurring in their jurisdiction at a paralegal business he owned.

2017 DMV photo of Dennis Shea (photo courtesy of Riverside Police Department)

Shea was arrested by Detectives on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Shea was part of various local Facebook groups including Victor Valley 411 where he frequently promoted/advertised his paralegal services.  His name and services were often recommended by many people in the area.

Due to the methods the suspect used to contact his victims using social media, it is believed there could be others who have not yet come forward.

The Riverside Police Department is asking anyone with information about this investigation or the suspect to contact Detective Charlie Olivas at (951) 353-7136 or colivas@riversideca.gov.

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