The trial has been rescheduled for a Gaithersburg man accused of accepting sex from a 15-year-old girl—encounters officials say her mother allegedly set up in order to pay off a $5,000 debt—after the defendant jumped bond.
A spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said a fugitive squad is looking for Bejarni Rivas, who was charged with trading sex with a woman’s daughter.
Jury selection is set to begin on Oct. 28—regardless of whether or not Rivas, 44, appears in court. Rivas and the mother are accused of trading sex with the woman's daughter—Rivas paying the woman $100 each time—between December 2012 and March 2013, according to court records obtained by Patch.
The identity of the mother—who was indicted on 11 criminal charges in April—and the 15-year-old are being withheld to protect the identity of the teenager.
According to court records, most of the acts occurred in the Georgian Colonies Club House in Silver Spring between December 2012 and March 2013, with the mother paying Rivas $100 each time.
The alleged abuse ended after the teen told a relative and then went to police.
Rivas was charged with 13 criminal acts, including sexually abusing a minor and rape.
Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was originally published to correct an error. Police allege the mother paid Rivas $100 in addition to arranging the alleged sex abuse.