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2 Lompoc Men Arrested on Rape, Related Charges

Michael Austin Rivera
Michael Austin Rivera
John Robert Castillo Jr.
John Robert Castillo Jr.

Two Lompoc men are in custody and facing rape and other charges involving at least two victims, according to the Lompoc Police Department.

John Robert Castillo Jr., 18, and Michael Austin Rivera, 20, were arrested Friday by the Police Department’s Investigation Unit, said Sgt. Kevin Martin.

The sexual assaults occurred Oct. 19 in a private residence in Lompoc. 

Later Tuesday, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced three felony charges had been filed against each man.

Both Castillo and Rivera were charged with forcible rape while acting in concert, forcible rape, and forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object, all felonies.

The men appeared in Lompoc Superior Court on Tuesday but did not enter pleas. They were scheduled to return to court for the continued arraignment hearing at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 6.

During the investigation, detectives discovered information about potential other women who may have been assaulted beyond the initial two victims.

“Our concern is there may have been additional crimes that may not have been reported,” Martin said. 

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted by the suspects in this investigation can contact Detective Robert Dugan at 805.736.2341.

Castillo and Rivera remained in custody Tuesday afternoon, with bail set at $100,000 each.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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