Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date June 5, 2002
Contact Sergeant Dan Hoxmeier 
Phone (909) 320-8039
Fax (909) 320-8043


Riverside Christian School Teacher Arrested for Child Molestation

Riverside, Ca-  On June 5, 2002, Riverside Police arrested Ryan Rickard for several counts of Child Molestation. The alleged molestations took place between the months of March and May 2002. Rickard was employed as a teacher at Riverside Christian High School during this time period. Rickard is believed to have engaged in a sexual relationship with a 15 year-old female student at the school. The acts of molestation took place in a classroom at Riverside Christian High School and at other off campus locations including Rickardís residence (7400 block of Westwood Drive).

The additional (3) counts of annoying a child resulted from a field trip to Medieval Times in which Rickard drove (6) female juvenile students to and from the event.

Suspect: Rickard, Ryan James
W/M 07-04-75
7400 block of Westwood Drive
Riverside CA, 92504

Charges Filed:

(5) counts 288 (c) (1) PC Lewd or Lascivious acts with a Child, suspect ten years older
(5) counts 288a (b) (1) PC Oral Copulation
(2) counts 289 (i) PC Penetration by a Foreign Object
(3) counts 647.6 (a) PC Annoying or Molesting a Child


The Riverside Police Department is aware that a victim may exist that has not yet been identified. We would hope that any victim who has not already been interviewed by the police department would have the courage to come forward. Anyone with additional information or questions should contact Detective Ron Whitt at the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit.

Detective Ron Whitt
General Investigations Bureau
Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit (SACA)

(909) 320-8068