Indian Wells Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Fourth Grader

PALM DESERT (CBS) — A Palm Desert man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting one of his fourth-grade students at an Indian Wells elementary school, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Teacher Robert Keith Bryan, 59, was taken into custody at his Palm Desert home in the 72800 block of White Drive around 10:30 a.m. His arrest follows an investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department into allegations of a sexual assault on a fourth-grade female student at Gerald Ford Elementary School, sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez said.

“The investigation revealed additional victims,” said Martinez, who didn’t give a number or say if they were also students at the school.

Bryan was booked on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14 and annoying or molesting a child. He was being held at the county jail in Indio in lieu of $220,000 bail, with arraignment expected Friday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.

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