Registered sex offender jumps elementary school fence and attempts to sexually assault student in restroom: Riverside Police

A registered sex offender was arrested after he attempted to sexually assault a 10-year-old girl inside McAuliffe Elementary School in Riverside on Friday, police said.

Logan Nighswonger, 32, was being held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted sexual acts with a child under 10 and a registered sex offender on school grounds.

Riverside Police were called to the elementary school, located in the 4100 block of Golden Avenue, around 12:30 p.m. Friday after receiving a report that a man had jumped the school fence and entered the girls’ restroom .

“A campus supervisor observed this man, later identified as Logan Nighswonger, exit the restroom and heard a girl inside crying,” police said in a news release. “The campus supervisor followed Nighswonger as he jumped more fences to the parking lot and got inside a vehicle. He was then able to provide a detailed description of the vehicle and the license plate as the suspect drove away.

Police did not say how Nighswonger was able to enter the school.

Police tracked the vehicle to a business in Placentia where Nighswonger was arrested, driven back to Riverside and imprisoned.

“Children should never experience a situation like this and it saddens me deeply that this incident happened,” Alvord Unified School District Superintendent Allan Mucerino said in a statement. “It gives us pause and reinforces our commitment to school security by recognizing that even when we follow security best practices and do everything in our power to secure our campuses, there continue to be threats, whether we will continue to work tirelessly to mitigate.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident and arrest is asked to contact SACA Detective Stacie Ontko at (951) 353-7121 or SOntko@RiversideCA.gov.