SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

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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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SBLetsGetAlong Sep 24, 2020 09:39 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

The “perp” has child porn & was using “look holes” per Parent Square email.
Meaning it was not isolated to just domestic.
Either way the district chose to hide/ignore information that an adult at one of our schools has child porn & is using look holes when they knew about it.
So much for protecting the children

sacjon Sep 24, 2020 10:52 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

SB:ETSGETALONG - Where did it say he had "look holes" in the schools? It didn't. You ever think the "look holes" were in the home of the victim? Stop making hysteria where there is none. Having "look holes" is not proof positive of peeping at schools. Big logic jump there, good thing you're not a juror.

GrammaSB Sep 23, 2020 07:44 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Parents have a right to know the face of this perp! Just b/c it was "domestic" doesn't clear him of any other on school grounds incidents! This is an addiction rarely is it isolated. Parents in the school district need to speak up! He is paid through public funds, look at your property tax statement! This is an outrage. Don't allow the school district to sweep it under the rug like they have in the past with prior boards. We are in an era of transparency of government entities! If found guilty and it involves a school district student he should be stripped of his benefits fully, yes retirement!

Basicinfo805 Sep 23, 2020 01:06 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Zero transparency from SBUSD, info has to get leaked out for parents to become onformed, and once things come out the District has nothing to say. I tried looking around on their website and everything's a blank when it comes to personnel. I wanted to see what this clown looks like. Nice! Couple this with the current pathetic schooling they've chosen to give our kids, the sideline pet projects they're fired up in - instead of reading, writing, math, science, music, art - and it's no wonder people are pissed off. Those who are tired of this sad effort and are willing to make the sacrifices are thinking about private school (or have already done so).

Really sad SBUSD, great job once again. Good timing because soon we get to try to vote in new leadership folks.

ri7thheaven Sep 23, 2020 12:31 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

You've got to be kidding SB Police Dept - "he is no threat to society????" If he is convicted of this crime, he will be put on sex offenders lists which will ALERT people that he is an absolute DANGER TO SOCIETY, hence Megan's Law. On what grounds do you come to that conclusion??? Because he is Hispanic, are you saying it's a cultural thing? This is hideous! We are in danger of people like him and the police departments that let them go!

Lucky 777 Sep 23, 2020 10:51 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

"Invade Privacy: Look Through Holes/Etc." Let's imagine the worst: he had cameras set up in peep holes in school dressing rooms and bathrooms. Making and selling kiddie porn. There, it has been said. Now we can wait to hear what he really did.

a-1600882482 Sep 23, 2020 10:34 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

He was terminated by the district - of course there would be talk among the employees. But why not go to the district first for an explanation instead of the media. Who gives SBUSD their legal advice how to proceed in these matters?

a-1600872528 Sep 23, 2020 07:48 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

SBUSD didn't say anything until AFTER the story came out and parents demanded to know what happened. The Police Department didn't say anything until after the story came out. Their response is this was a domestic issue and didn't involve the public, yet.. the investigation is ongoing. How do they know he didn't do anything to any other child? Seems like SBPD and SBUSD wanted to keep this all hush hush and scrambled to respond when this was posted. Kudos to edhat for keeping the community informed!

PitMix Sep 23, 2020 07:29 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Since timely reporting of this case seems to be an issue, maybe Edhat can clarify how they got this story? I don't see a reference to an attribution or source in what was published. If they got it from the police, then that clearly is public notice to the community.

a-1600872409 Sep 23, 2020 07:46 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

People who work at the district were already talking about it. Could have come from a tip. His arrest and court docs are all public record. Doesn't take a genius to look them up. The real question is why didn't the district say anything?

a-1600873383 Sep 23, 2020 08:03 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Pstar- they have a responsibility to protect children and keep parents informed. If ANY employee is arrested for these types of crimes they should alert parents. How do the cops know for sure he kept his molestation at home only?

Watchdog Sep 22, 2020 07:04 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Looks like this isn’t his first brush with the law. I pulled up his record on https://portal.sbcourts.org/CASBPORTAL/Home/Dashboard/29. Someone with same name, FBI ID, and person ID has FIVE other criminal cases including a FELONY. Who does the background checks at SBUSD? Didn’t they learn after Marshall Webb? Supt. Maldonado needs to clean house beginning with Asst. Supt. of HR, Dr. John Becchio.

https://www.independent.com/2019/10/16/dos-pueblos-dean-abruptly-resigns-in-puzzling-move/

Watchdog Sep 22, 2020 05:46 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

It is deeply disturbing that SBUSD waited 10 days and only after the release of this article to notify parents and the public. While the charged allegations may or may not arise from a non school setting it is very concerning that a custodian with apparently access to school toilets, locker rooms, showers, etc districtwide is charged with possession of child porn and peeping. Who is to say that he didn’t get some of the images from his unfettered access? His job provided the perfect cover to spend extended times in the bathrooms even if he was a supervisor. Have the police done a through and complete analysis of his personal and work computer drives? And why is SBUSD once again not showing leadership in immediately informing the public and parents of an alleged predator immediately after placing him on leave? This seems like the MAD academy all over again.

CitizenOfSB Sep 22, 2020 05:02 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

It's crazy that SBUSD kept this quiet and only released a statement after this story broke on Edhat. That's the exact same BS that eroded the community's trust in the district two years ago with the MAD academy scandal. Who knows what else they're sitting on.

SoCalMommy Sep 22, 2020 04:22 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

This was just posted to ParentSquare moments ago:

Camilla Barnwell • 9 minutes ago • Tuesday, Sep 22 at 4:11 PM • All SBUnified (except Charter), District Office, Principals, Directors, and Cabinet, School Board Members
Santa Barbara Unified Families and Staff,

Santa Barbara Police made an arrest of one of our employees on Saturday, September 12 on 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.”

Upon receipt of this information, we immediately placed the employee in question on unpaid leave. The district continues to collaborate with the Santa Barbara Police Department who advised us that the investigation is ongoing and that the crimes were an isolated domestic matter. The only nexus to the Santa Barbara Unified School District is that the subject of the investigation was a school district employee. Investigators stated that at this time, their 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.

PitMix Sep 22, 2020 03:11 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Despicable as these crimes are, in the US a person is innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Very hard to fire someone with a union contract until they are found guilty or in some way are shown to have violated their employment contract.

dukemunson Sep 23, 2020 09:44 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

I believe in due process...innocent until proven guilty. I was responding to your assertion of how had it is to fire someone with a union contract. That is a very true statement. As we've seen with bad police officers and bad teachers, the union protects them at all costs to the detriment of the people they are supposed to be serving. Teachers and Police are good...but we need to get rid of those two unions as they are actively working against the people. We don't need a union to agree to good pay for them, we can do that on our own as a district/county...but there does need to be a better/easier mechanism to remove problematic police and teachers. Unions make that next to impossible. Unions were quite useful a century ago...but things change...and now they are a problem. Same with guns! It made sense to have blanket allowance to bear firearms 250 years ago...things have changed though and it's OK to amend the type of guns (and amount of guns) that the general population can and should have. Unfortunetley these common sense things become politicized. Attacking a union is attacking workers...attacking gun rights is attacking the constitution. NO!!!! We don't need unions and we don't need AK-47's! Take the politics out it and give me a reason why the teachers union in 2020 is useful...and what it's doing to make our collective lives in Santa Barbara better. Can you?

SoCalMommy Sep 22, 2020 02:08 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Superintendent Maldonado:

WHY were parents not notified of this monster's arrest?!  Instead we are left to find out when family members make us aware of the news article.  This is unacceptable!  You have a duty to protect our children and to inform parents of the happenings within your district.  The fact that this was not reported to us is an egregious and inexcusable oversight.  

Parents need to know: where was Mr. Arroyos' primary physical place of employment?  What campuses was he frequenting?  Over what period of time was he preying on our children?  When did this come to light? Why is he still an active employee of SBUSD?

I look forward to your prompt response to this emergent matter.

*Emailed to Hilda Maldonado* I encourage all parents of SBUSD to contact Ms. Maldonado and demand answers.

PitMix Sep 23, 2020 07:24 AM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

The notice to the community says it all. The police informed the District it was a domestic matter and not related to his work at the school. District hands are also tied by personnel confidentiality laws. I understand your concerns, but these situations are more complex. Did the police reach out the community after they arrested him asking for more witnesses? Why not criticize them as well?

SoCalMommy Sep 22, 2020 03:18 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Concern for my child, as who knows how long this pervert was frequenting schools. Parents have a right to know if their child may have been one of his victims. This has nothing to do with politics, so stop trying to make it something it isn't.

Roger Sep 22, 2020 12:33 PM
SB School District Employee Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Crimes

That is no surprise to me years ago I was a janitor at SBHS 1980'S Afellow employee older male put his hand on my back side and asked me what I would be willing to do with him to keep my job. I was around 30 then. I almost threw his ass in the incinerator I went off like a bomb raised holy hell I pulled a blade on my supervisor I was ready to go. I was an untreated victim of sexual abuse. I did not sue I got help for my anger before I hurt someone...I'm not surprised at all probably more abusers working in the school system.

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