An Palm Desert man, who teaches at an Indian Wells elementary school, and is suspected of sexually assaulting at least one female student "vehemently denies'' the allegations, according to his attorney.
Fourth-grade teacher Robert Keith Bryan, 59, was taken into custody at
his home in the 72800 block of White Drive last Wednesday and booked at the county jail in Indio on suspicion of a lewd act with a child under 14 and annoying or molesting a child.
He was released from jail the following day, after posting a $220,000
bond, and given an Oct. 1 court date, but no criminal charges had been filed as
of late this morning.
"Mr. Bryan vehemently denies the allegations, and he has been an outstanding educator for over 30 years,'' Tustin-based defense attorney Paul Wallin said. "Mr. Bryan has never been convicted of any criminal offense in his entire life, and has been a local homeowner for 26 years. He has taught thousands of students over these almost three decades.''
Bryan's arrest stemmed from 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
"The investigation revealed additional victims,'' said Martinez, who didn't give a number or say if they were also students at the school or where the alleged molestations occurred. He said the investigation was ongoing.
Bryan has worked for the Desert Sands Unified School District since
1986, Wallin said. Officials at the district could not be reached about Bryan's
"As are all persons in this country, Mr. Bryan is presumed innocent of all charges at this time. We urge the community to reserve judgment and to wait
until the evidence is presented in a court of law,'' Wallin said.