Riverside teacher arrested, accused of sexually abusing 5th grader in 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities say an Alvord Unified School District teacher was arrested Thursday, June 3, after allegations of sexual abuse against a minor came to light. The alleged sexual abuse took place in 2015, when the victim was attending Rosemary Kennedy Elementary School in Riverside as a 5th grader.


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“Recently, an extensive investigation was conducted into allegations a local public school teacher had sexually assaulted a female student several years ago,” Riverside Police Department said last night in a social media release. “The allegations came to light when a female teenager recently disclosed she was sexually abused by her 5th grade teacher back in 2015.”

According to RPD, the victim disclosed details of the assault to a family member who then reported the alleged incident to an RPD School Resource Officer assigned to the Alvord Unified School District.

During their subsequent investigation, officials identified Mukesh Kisun, 56, of Moreno Valley, as the alleged suspect.

Mikush Kisun, 56, of Moreno Valley, was arrested after allegations of sexual abuse against one of his former students emerged. Riverside Police Department photo

As their investigation continued, on Thursday, June 3, Kisun was arrested at his Moreno Valley residence and later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. He was subsequently released after posting $50,000 bail.

“The district is aware Mukesh Kisun was arrested on Thursday and will continue working with law enforcement as requested,” said AUSD Superintendent Dr. Allan Mucerino.

“Presently, regular classes for the district have concluded for the summer break. Mr. Kisun has not been assigned to a summer school position and the district will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that students are safe when classes resume in the fall,” Mucerino continued; adding, “If necessary, the district will take appropriate personnel action, which will be confidential under the law.”

Due to Kisun’s position as a teacher, investigators believe there could be other victims who have not yet come forward and have asked that anyone with additional information regarding this investigation, or who believes they were victimized by Kisun to contact School Resource Officer Jason Joseph at (951) 353-7960 or JJoseph@RiversideCA.gov. Callers can refer to incident file number 210010630 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.