A Buellton man was arrested Tuesday following an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual contact between him and a Santa Ynez Valley High School student, authorities said.
On March 18 the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department was contacted regarding a student and Greg Scott Ray, 52, who is a yearbook consultant and salesman in Central California.
The report stemmed from a conversation a teacher overheard and reported to school administrators.
An investigation determined that Mr. Ray was using a social media application to meet and have sexual contract with young boys.
Sheriff’s detectives have confirmed he had inappropriate contact with three victims between the ages of 13 and 17 in the Santa Ynez Valley, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.
“At this time, it appears the introductions occurred through the app and Ray reached out to the victims multiple times throughout the course of several years,” Ms. Hoover said. “While the case is still under investigation, there is no information at this time to indicate the sexual contacts occurred on campus.”
On Tuesday, a search warrant was served at Mr. Ray’s residence in Buellton and he was arrested on various sex-related charges involving minors. His bail is set at $1 million, Ms. Hoover said.
Authorities are concerned there may be move victims. Anyone who has been victimized or who knows of potential victims is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 681-4150. To leave an anonymous tip, call 681-4171 or visit www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.