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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 20, Issue 7

Yearbook employee had more young victims, sheriff says

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office investigators said they have identified more victims in connection with a 53-year-old Buellton man accused of committing sexual crimes against area minors.

The Sheriff's Office initially arrested the man, identified as Gregory Scott Ray, on April 9 in association with various charges related to sex involving minors. According to department officials, Ray worked as a yearbook sales consultant and traveled to multiple school campuses in central and southern California. He was arrested after Santa Ynez Valley High School officials contacted the Sheriff's Office to report that Ray had allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a student.

Sheriff's officials said their investigation revealed that Ray was using a social media app to meet with minors. Initially, investigators discovered that Ray allegedly had sex with three male victims between the ages of 13 and 17 in the Santa Ynez Valley. Ray was subsequently booked in Santa Barbara County Jail and his bail set at $1 million.

Six days after Ray's arrest, the Sheriff's Office announced that investigators discovered more victims in connection with the case. In a written statement, the Sheriff's Office declined to state the number of new victims but said they were from both inside and outside of Santa Barbara County.

"Ray traveled to many other counties within California during the course of his employment as an independent contractor and sales consultant for Friesens LLC, a yearbook publishing company," the statement said. "Ray assisted with yearbook consulting at many school campuses in central California, from San Jose to Los Angeles County, and may have attended yearbook camps/conferences."

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office charged Ray with 13 felony counts related to the case, including multiple counts of lewd acts with minors. He pleaded guilty to all the charges against him on April 12. His case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 22, according to court records.

While Ray's case makes its way through court, sheriff's investigators are asking anyone who has been a victim or knows someone who has been victimized to contact (805) 681-4150. They can also leave anonymous tips at (805) 681-4171 or on the department's website, sbsheriff.org.




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