Child Molestation & Child Abuse Arrest
updated: Jun 19, 2014, 5:17 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
Miguel Montes Lopez, age 42, of Santa Barbara, was arrested for the felonies of child molestation and child
abuse. The victim is a juvenile family member.
On June 12, 2014 at 9:00 p.m., Santa Barbara Police Department Officer John Nelson responded to a local
youth shelter to admit a juvenile seeking accommodation. Law enforcement is required to investigate the
circumstances surrounding juveniles checking-in to these facilities. Upon arrival Officer Nelson learned
that the juvenile wishing to be admitted into the shelter had run away from home and was seeking refuge
from sexual and physical abuse being perpetrated by a relative, Lopez. Officer Nelson conducted a
preliminary investigation, admitted the victim into the shelter, and obtained counselling support for the
victim from the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services was notified
of the situation by shelter staff.
On June 13, 2014 SBPD Crimes Against Persons Detectives Crystal Bedolla and Charlie Katsapis conducted
follow-up investigation in this case. Investigation revealed that in recent months the victim had been
sexually and physically abused on multiple occasions by Lopez. The detectives obtained a $100,000.00
felony arrest warrant for Lopez for the aforementioned crimes and a search warrant for his residence on
the 500 block of Coronel Place. At 1:10 p.m. Detective Bedolla, Detective Katsapis, and others contacted
Lopez at his residence, arrested him, and served the search warrant.
Lopez was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on the aforementioned warrant.
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