Fifteen kids reported this pedophile. They left him in the classroom anyway.
ROBERT KEITH BRYAN WAS ACCUSED OF TOUCHING STUDENTS IN 1985, 1992, 1994 AND 2007.
COMPLAINTS WERE BURIED, DISBELIEVED, IGNORED AND FORGOTTEN
PALM DESERT, Calif. – Cait, 10, a fourth grader at Lincoln Elementary School, was erasing the blackboard after class on a Friday afternoon when she was approached from behind by her teacher.
He dropped his hands on her tiny shoulders, then slid them forward beneath her shirt.
Cait froze in fear.
“Why haven’t you stayed after school in a while?” Robert Keith Bryan whispered in her ear, according to a police report.
She felt his hands on the bare skin of her chest and his mouth on her neck.
Cait yanked free and ran out of the classroom.
Tears streaked down her face as she sprinted to her home six blocks from the school, then burst into the kitchen and told her mother what had happened.
Her father grabbed a baseball bat and marched back to the school.
When he got there, Bryan was gone.
It was the winter of 1992.
Cait was not the first little girl to tell on this teacher, and she would be far from the last.
Over a 34-year career in Coachella Valley Unified and Desert Sands Unified schools, Bryan was allowed to continue teaching despite 15 students reporting him for inappropriate touching over five separate occasions.
Bryan kept teaching until 2012, when he was arrested for touching eight more students, then resigned amid a police investigation that eventually sent him to prison.