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Buellton man arrested on suspicion of sex crimes involving minors

Posted at 3:48 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 19:09:14-04

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 52-year-old Buellton resident on suspicion of various sex-related crimes involving minors.

Sheriff’s officials say their investigation into Greg Scott Ray began in March when they were contacted by officials at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. A teacher there reportedly overheard a conversation that sparked concern and reported it to administrators.

According to the sheriff’s office, investigators determined that Ray, who works as a yearbook consultant and salesman, was using a social media app to meet and have sex with teen boys. The interactions reportedly occurred over several years, but officials say there’s no evidence that any sexual contact occurred on school grounds.

Sheriff’s officials say they know of three victims in the Santa Ynez Valley between the ages of 13 and 17 but because Ray had reportedly been using the app for several years, they say there could be other victims.

Greg Scott Ray


Ray was arrested after authorities served a search warrant at his Buellton home on Tuesday. He was booked into jail with bail set at $1 million.

Anyone who believes they have been victimized by Ray or knows of a potential victim is urged to call the sheriff’s office at (805) 681-4150. Anonymous tips can be made online or by calling (805) 681-4171.