Sacramento-area teacher arrested for allegedly molesting child under 14

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.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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