SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes | #teacher | #children | #kids

By edhat staff

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) Custodial Services Supervisor has been arrested for various sex crimes against children.

Jose (Joe) Reyes Arroyo, 48-years-old of Santa Barbara, was arrested on September 12 for felony charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, possession or control of child pornography, and a misdemeanor of “Invade Privacy: Look Through Holes/Etc.”

Arroyo has pled not guilty and is currently in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail on a $350,000 bail.

The Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) confirmed Arroyo was not a threat to the general public. 

“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. Anyone wishing to provide additional information please contact the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805-897-2346,” said SBPD Public Information Officer Anthony Wagner.

SBUSD confirmed on Tuesday evening that upon receipt of this information Arroyo was immediately placed on unpaid leave. 

As of Wednesday morning, Arroyo was still listed on SBUSD’s website.


[Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include the statement from the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Santa Barbara Unified School District.]


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