SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 75-year-old Richard Kester, a retired teacher and former FCUSD substitute, was arrested on numerous counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 today.
The charge, also known as child molestation, is described under CA state penal code as “touching a child for sexual purposes, or causing a child to touch him/herself or someone else for a sexual purpose.”
Criminal prosecutions for lewd acts with a minor usually involve allegations that a child’s genitalia was fondled or that an overt act of child molestation occurred. Defendants can be charged with molestation even if the touching wasn’t on a sexual organ, was done over the child’s clothes, or the child was the one doing the touching under the defendant’s direction.
Actual arousal isn’t required for a child molestation charge to be filed, a defendant only has to intend to arouse himself, the child, or someone else.
If convicted, Kester faces 3, 6, or 8 years in state prison along with felony probation and a fine of up to $10,000. He will also be required to register as a California sex offender and could lose his teaching license.
Kester’s arrest was a joint effort between the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. He’s currently held without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Authorities declined to offer any further information.