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Buellton man accused of child sex crimes facing additional charges

Posted at 12:56 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 15:57:53-04

A Buellton man accused of sex crimes involving minors has pleaded not guilty to additional charges filed against him.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office filed the amended complaint against Gregory Scott Ray, 52, Thursday. It includes allegations of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old boy between November 1 and 30, 2016 and again during the same time in 2018.

Ray was arrested on April 9 of this year on suspicion of sex crimes committed against three juvenile males in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The following week the sheriff’s office said it had identified more alleged victims linked to Ray, including some who lived locally and others who were out of the area.

Investigators say Ray traveled to many other counties in California when he was employed as an independent contractor and sales consultant for Friesens LLC, which is a yearbook publishing company.

Ray reportedly helped with yearbook consulting at many school campuses from San Jose to Los Angeles County and he may have also attended yearbook camps and conferences.

He has pleaded not guilty to the more than 20 counts of sex crimes against minors charges now filed against him.

Ray is currently being held in Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $275,000, down from the initial $1.2 million bail.

He is due back in court May 30 for a bail review hearing.

A preliminary hearing date has not yet been set.

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