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Note hidden in Bible leads to sexual abuse arrest

Eric Rivera, provided. Eric Rivera, provided.
COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

A note found inside a Bible led police to arrest and convict a man on sexual abuse charges.

The case was opened 2013 when Covington Police were called to a school for reports that a student had been sexually abused.

Kenton County Prosecutor Kate Bennett said the handwritten letter from the an 8-year-old child was very telling.

“It was addressed to Jesus, and the note disclosed how the defendant, Eric Rivera, had been sexually abusing her, and pleading with Jesus to have the abuse stop,” said Bennett.

In further interviews, the child told officials that Rivera would show her pornographic images from magazines and on his cell phone. The victim said the abuse began when she was 6-years-old.

Covington Police Detective Nick Klaiss said that information in the letter paired with interviews put the pieces of the puzzle for the case together.

“It was very detailed,” said Klaiss. “The allegations that she put in the Bible so in that sense it make the case easier. They were able to disclose places where pornography was, where magazines were that the suspect would show them."

During a search at Rivera's residence, officials say they found the magazines described by the child placed in the exact location outlined during that interview.

186 pornography images were also found on Rivera's phone.

Rivera was arrested and charged with several felonies, including first Degree Sodomy and first Degree Sexual Abuse.

After almost two years of litigation, Rivera pled guilty on May 28.

Bennett is recommending a 25 year sentence. Rivera must serve 20 years before being eligible for parole and will be required to register as a sex offender upon release.

“Although 25 years doesn't seem like enough for the Defendant to serve based on the heinous and unspeakable crimes he committed, it saves the child victim from being further traumatized by reliving her nightmare of abuse,” stated Bennett. 

Eric Rivera is scheduled for final sentencing in Kenton County Circuit Court in front of Judge Patricia Summe on July 13.

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