Deputy U.S. Marshal arrested for peeping in Bismarck Target dressing room faces 21 charges

Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 10:27 AM CDT
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UPDATE: 8/8/2016 2:02 p.m.

The Deputy U.S. Marshal charged for peeping in a Target dressing room is now facing 20 new charges after a search of his apartment led to some disturbing sexual content, bringing the total number of charges against him to 21.

Authorities say they located hundreds of images and videos sexually exploiting children on 29-year-old Michael Rivera's laptop, one victim appearing to be a toddler.

They also found videos Rivera produced filming up skirts of unsuspecting victims other than the initial Target incident in June. These include other stores in Kirkwood Mall, Kohl's, Ramkota Hotel, as well as other instances at Target.

Court documents say the found content is also linked to places outside Burleigh County including Chicago, Miami and Jacksonville Florida, Minneapolis and Brunswick Georgia.

Rivera pleaded not guilty to just the first charge for the initial Target incident. He has not entered a plea for the remaining charges. That will happen at the preliminary hearing for those charges.

Rivera's being held on a $150,000 cash bond and cannot leave the state.

UPDATE: 8/8/2016

Michael Rivera, the Deputy U.S. Marshal arrested for peeping in the Bismarck Target dressing room with his cell phone is now facing 21 charges.

The charges include attempt to promote sexual performance by a minor and possession of prohibited materials.

Rivera is being held on a $150,000 bond.


Bismarck Police say a 29-year-old man was arrested for laying his cell phone in a Target dressing room with a female inside.

The U.S. Marshals Service has announced that Michael Rivera is a deputy with their department.

Rivera had his initial appearance in court yesterday for promoting a sexual performance by a minor and criminal attempt.

Police report that surveillance footage showed Rivera entering a nearby dressing room just after the victim entered.

The victim told authorities on June 14 that while trying on a bathing suit, she noticed the phone on the floor under her dressing room. The phone was taken by someone just before she exited.

Rivera is being held on a $2,000 bond and can have no contact with the victim or Target.

The U.S. Marshals Service says they are working with the Bismarck Police to investigate the incident.