Keith William Pust was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Riverside Police Department's Sexual Assault Child Abuse unit. Photo from the Riverside Police Department.
Keith William Pust was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault Child Abuse unit. Photo from the Riverside Police Department.

A 71-year-old Riverside man accused of molesting two children was charged Friday with lewd acts on a minor under 14 years old.

Keith William Pust was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault Child Abuse unit.

Along with three counts of lewd acts on a child, Pust is charged with a sentence-enhancing allegation of targeting multiple victims in a sex crime.

He’s being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is slated to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to Officer Ryan Railsback, detectives were informed in early November that two children under 10 years old — neither of whom were publicly identified — allegedly had been sexually abused by the defendant.

Railsback alleged the molestations occurred over a two-year span.

“The suspect has worked with young children in the past, and it is believed there may be other victims who have not yet come forward,” he said, without disclosing how and under what circumstances Pust had contact with the victims, or other youngsters.

Anyone with information was asked to contact SACA detectives at (951) 252-7121.

Pust has no prior documented felony convictions.

–City News Service

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