RIVERSIDE, CA – A horrible incident unfolded in San Bernardino County after authorities discovered a three-week-old infant was being sexually abused by a man from Yucca Valley. A three-week-old infant who was reportedly being sexually assaulted was recently rescued by members of the Riverside County DA’s Office-led Riverside County Child Exploitation Team (RCCET) and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies at a home in Yucca Valley.
On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, an investigation was initiated by the Riverside County Child Exploitation Team regarding the sexual assault of a child. Although the investigation was completed by authorities from Riverside County, the crime was determined to occur within San Bernardino County. During this investigation, Keith Russell Tyerman was arrested at his home in Yucca Valley.
The same day they were notified of the assault, task force members – assisted by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies – conducted an exigent welfare check on the child. Investigators found the infant and safely removed the child from the home.
The Riverside County Child Exploitation Team is comprised of local, state and federal enforcement officials dedicated to proactively monitoring and tracking registered sex offenders to ensure their compliance with registration requirements, and to protecting our children through community education and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those who commit internet crimes against children.
The task force works in partnership with the following agencies: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaumont, Murrieta, and Riverside police departments, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, FBI, the Inland Regional Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking task force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Marshals Service.