Dylan Greiner, arrested on suspicion of child molestation
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —
Santa Cruz police have discovered that an owner of a surfing school took inappropriate photos of young girls during his classes and concerned parents have called and emailed the department from all over the country.
Dylan Greiner, 38, arrested Saturday on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with children, took the photos of girls while instructing them on basic surf board techniques at the Boys & Girls Club in Santa Cruz, police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.
Police have so far recovered more than 500,000 photos and videos Greiner's computers after serving search warrants at his home and his business, the Santa Cruz Surf School at 131 Center St., Clark said.
Detectives are attempting to identify young girls who were alleged victims of Greiner in still images and videos, Clark said.
The staff at the Boys & Girls Club is cooperating fully with police in the investigation and "they share the very same concerns of parents and the Police Department," Clark said in a statement.
The department has also logged more than 100 phone calls and emails from parents in California and the rest of the country inquiring about their children, Clark said.
Police have said they found photos and videos at Greiner's home that focused on girls' breasts, buttocks and genitalia and some images were of girls as young as eight years old at the beach.
Greiner is also suspected of making inappropriate sexual advances toward at least two girls, aged 13 and 14, and of taking inappropriate photos of them focusing on private parts.
He also would befriend students as young as 13 years old and offer them free surf lessons or a job at his business and he had been pursuing inappropriate relationships with young girls for several years, police said.
Greiner has admitted taking secret videos and downloading images of 13- and 14-year-old girls and has written apology letters to two victims, police said.
Concerned parents and potential victims may contact the Santa Cruz police detectives at (831) 420-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investigators need parents to use the email address for inquiring about their children and to include the parent's name, address, home and cellphone numbers, their child's name, child's age and dates they visited the Santa Cruz Surf School. < p/> Parents are also asked to send with the email an appropriate image of their child.
If a parent's child has been identified as a victim, Santa Cruz police will contact them, Clark said. Officers cannot send any photos to parents for confirmation due to confidentiality concerns.
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