Antonio Rivera charged with sexually assaulting a woman with ALS

PBSO: Suspect broke into victim's room

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A West Palm Beach man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman who is suffering with ALS.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Antonio Rivera.

Investigators say he is the ex-boyfriend of a resident who was living in the same apartment where the attack happened.

Rivera, according to information given to PBSO by the resident, showed up at the apartment uninvited along with a friend.

Both were asked to leave which they did.

Rivera then returned and entered the victim's bedroom through her window, according to PBSO.

The victim told investigators that Rivera sexually assaulted her.

Deputies say that the victim is extremely handicapped and unable to walk or get up on her own.

She is unable to communicate verbally but she can move her head and is able to send text messages, according to investigators.

When questioned by deputies Rivera denied ever being in the victim's bedroom despite being seen by three witnesses, according to the sheriff's office.

Rivera was arrested and charged with burglary with battery and the lewd molestation of a disabled person.