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Central Coast School District Employee Arrested On Child Abuse Charge

An employee of a Santa Barbara County school district arrested on a warrant for child pornography in North Dakota is now facing a local child abuse charge.

Royce Devin Warner was arrested June 20th on a possession of child pornography charge. While he was being held in jail, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they discovered he had also repeatedly sexually abused a child in our area. Investigators say they are now trying to determine if there are additional victims.

Prosecutors say he will face trial for the sexual abuse charge in Santa Barbara County before he’s extradited to North Dakota. The 36 year old Lompoc man worked for the Lompoc Unified School District in its print shop.