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DA: Former FDNY captain from LI pleads no contest to molestation charges in Los Angeles

A former New York City Fire Department captain from Bay Shore pleaded no contest Thursday to sexually molesting two 11-year-old brothers while he was in Los Angeles last year, officials said.

Wilbert Riera, 52, who retired from the FDNY on Wednesday, pleaded no contest to two felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

He returns to court on Oct. 8 for sentencing. Under the terms of a plea deal, Riera will be sentenced to 270 days in county jail and 5 years' probation, prosecutors said.

Riera will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and must complete a minimum of one year of sex offender therapy.

His attorney, Shawn Holley, says she's convinced of her client's innocence, but that he could have faced life in prison if convicted at trial, and that risk was too great.

Riera pleaded no contest to molesting two brothers between Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, 2014, while he was in Los Angeles visiting family members, prosecutors said.

Agents from an FBI task force arrested Riera in Staten Island two weeks later.

The 22-year veteran of the FDNY worked on Staten Island and was assigned to the department's emergency medical service.

Riera is a past president of the Brentwood Legion Ambulance, serving in 2001 and 2002, according to the organization's website.

With The Associated Press

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