A former Santa Barbara resident is now behind bars in Santa Barbara County, after police detectives say he repeatedly molested two young relatives.
Manuel Peter Munoz of Santa Barbara is accused of molesting a six year old, and a 12 year old boy between 2007, and 2009. Detectives say he lived in the same home as the victims, taking care of them at times. Police began investigating reports of molestation in 2009, but say it wasn’t until this month that they had enough evidence to make an arrest.
He was taken into custody in San Francisco, where he was living, and is now being held in the Santa Barbara County Jail in lieu of $5 million dollars bail.
Detectives say they are concerned that because the now 63 year old man looked after other children when he was living in Santa Barbara, there may be more victims.