SANTA BARBARA, CA – A man named Jose Reyes Arroyo has been arrested for felony charges of child sex crimes. He faces the charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, possession or control of child pornography, and a misdemeanor of “Invade Privacy: Look Through Holes/Etc.,” according to a breaking story from news outlet Edhat of Santa Barbara.
Arroyo was reportedly the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) Custodial Services Supervisor.
“The crimes were an isolated domestic matter. The only nexus to the Santa Barbara Unified School District were that the subject of the investigation was a school district employee. At this time, our investigation is able to eliminate the possibility of a threat to the general public,” said Santa Barbara Police Department Public Information Officer Anthony Wagner.
“Anyone wishing to provide additional information please contact the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805-897-2346.”
On Tuesday night, SBUSD stated that they have placed Arroyo on unpaid leave.
Some members of the Santa Barbara community are very disturbed with Officer Wagner’s statement that Arroyo is not a threat to the general public. Further, the school did not immediately notify parents of the arrest, making matters worse. In comments on Edhat’s report, some Santa Barbarans reacted with anger:
“SBUSD didn’t say anything until AFTER the story came out and parents demanded to know what happened,” a commenter with the username A-1600872528 stated. “Kudos to Edhat for keeping the community informed!”
Another commenter with the username Ri7thheaven wrote, “You’ve got to be kidding SB Police Dept – ‘he is no threat to society????’ If he is convicted of this crime, he will be put on sex offenders lists which will ALERT people that he is an absolute DANGER TO SOCIETY, hence Megan’s Law.”
Commenter Watchdog echoed the sentiments of their neighbors, writing, “It is deeply disturbing that SBUSD waited 10 days and only after the release of this article to notify parents and the public.”
Arroyo has pled not guilty to all charges. He is currently in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $350,000.
Santa Barbara is known as a relatively safe and unbelievably gorgeous area. Still, though, it’s not exempt from criminal activity. At the time of writing, there are 126 registered sex offenders living in the city, making the ratio of all residents to sex offenders 730 to one.