Crime

Buellton man accused of having sexual contact with minors, more victims suspected

Worked as yearbook consultant

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Buellton man suspected of having sexual contact with a Santa Ynez Valley High School student, and there's concern there could be more victims.

Officials say they arrested 52-year-old yearbook consultant and salesman Greg Scott Ray Tuesday morning.

The sheriff's office received a report from the school about inappropriate contact last month after a teacher overheard a conversation and reported it to administrators.

Deputies say Ray used a social media app to meet and have sexual contact with young men.

He's accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with three victims aged 13 to 17 in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Investigators say Ray reached out to the victims through the app multiple times over several years.

Deputies do not believe the sexual contact happened on campus.

Detectives arrested Ray after they searched his Buellton home.

Ray was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on various sex-related charges involving minors.

His bail was set at $1,000,000.

Detectives say Ray used the social media app for many years and are concerned there may be more victims.

Scotty Cory, superintendent of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Distrcit, said in a statement released to our newsroom that Ray worked intermittently at the school over the course of seven years. Cory says administrators acted immediately upon hearing of inappropriated physical behavior between Ray and a minor student.

Cory says Ray is no longer working in the district and is not allowed on campus. He urged any possible victims to contact authorities. 

Any potential victims or people who know of victims are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150. To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.


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