Attorney: Bryan Denies Allegations of Child Molestation

The 4th grade teacher "vehemently denies" allegations; no charges have been filed.

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
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 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
employment status.

"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.

Michael Smith August 07, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Who wants to go first. This is a hot one.
STEPH GRAVILL August 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM
he molested my daughter when she was in 4th grade....22 YEARS ago. He needs to Go DOWN & sent 2 prison 4 a LONG, LONG T IME!!! Also the school district should be ASHAMED 4 allowing this 2 happen for 30 years1! how did they deal with it? They would just move him from school to school in the SAME DISTRICT!!! SHAME ON YOU DESERT SANDS SCHOOL DISTRICT!!!!! ! HOPE he goes 2 prisom 4 a long time....they dont like child molesters in prison! i am so happy 2 be living far away & all of the kids in my family are home schooled....your school district doesnt protect chidlren... just your jobs & BAD TEACHERS... SHAME ON YOU!!!
Tammara Dalugdug August 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
He was touchy feely with the girls in my class when I had him as a teacher at Lincoln Elementary.. That was 19 years ago.. I guess things never change.. I wish I would have known better when I was younger to tell someone that his acts were inappropriate. I now know that a teacher constantly rubbing your back is not right..


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