Detectives are seeking possible additional victims of a Carpinteria man who allegedly sexually molested a young child, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Luis Antonio Ibarra-Delgadillo, 37, who also is known as Anthony Ibarra, was arrested on March 10 on suspicion of felony sexual activity with a child, said Raquel Zick, sheriff’s public information officer.
“These violations have to do with engaging in sexual acts with a child under the age of 10, dating back to 2015,” Zick said.
“Based on their investigation, detectives believe there may be additional survivors of sexual assault by Ibarra Delgadillo who have not been identified,” Zick added.
Ibarra Delgadillo was arrested without incident after an extensive confidential criminal investigation, Zick said.
The county District Attorney filed four felony counts against Ibarra-Delgadillo, along with several criminal enhancements.
Ibarra-Delgadillo appeared in Superior Court in Santa Barbara on Monday for arraignment, and entered not-guilty pleas to all charges, according to Sarah Barkley, deputy district attorney.
He is due back in court on March 27 for a preliminary hearing setting, Barkley said.
In the meantime, Ibarra-Delgadillo remained in custody Monday afternoon at the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $500,000.
The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone with knowledge of additional crimes allegedly committed by Ibarra-Delgadillo to contact detectives at 805.681.4150.
Information can be provided anonymously online at sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip or by calling 805.681.4171.
Zick noted that sheriff’s detectives coordinate closely with the District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Program to ensure the needs of survivors are not overshadowed by the focus on the investigation and prosecution of the accused.
Victim Advocates are available to ensure that survivors are kept informed and supported throughout the criminal justice process. Survivors have the option of contacting the Victim-Witness Assistance Program directly at 805.568.2400 or toll free at 855.840.3232.
“The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind survivors that they can also find support services through our community partner, Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA),” Zick said.
Services offered by STESA include a confidential 24-Hour hotline, legal and medical advocacy and accompaniment, and counseling. A STESA advocate can be reached at any time by calling 805.564.3696.