A 32-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a student at McAuliffe Elementary School in Riverside, authorities said.
Riverside Police named Logan Nighswonger as the suspect who police said was seen by a supervisor at the campus in the 4100 block of Golden Avenue jumping the elementary school’s fence, entering the girl’s restroom and fleeing by car around noon Friday. The campus supervisor, who allegedly heard a girl crying inside the restroom, reported the incident and detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle to police.
Authorities subsequently apprehended Nighswonger in Placentia around 4:30 p.m., according to jail records.
Nighswonger, who was being held without bail Saturday, was booked at Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of entering school grounds as a registered sex offender and attempted sex acts with a child under the age of 10, both felonies.
Nighswonger maintains a residence in Riverside, according to the California Megan’s Law database, a public sex offender registry. He was previously arrested by Riverside Police in 2015 on suspicion of indecent exposure and annoying or molesting a child under 18 years of age at Mark Twain Elementary, according to a 2015 Riverside PD Facebook post. According to his sex offender profile, in 2016 Nighswonger was convicted on charges of annoying/molesting a child under 18 years old.
Jail records indicate that a court appearance is set for Tuesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Authorities urged anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Detective Stacie Ontko at (951) 353-7121.