Santa Barbara, Calif. – A Santa Barbara man has been arrested for sex crimes against a minor committed in the Santa Barbara area in 2000. On Friday, February 2, 2024, at approximately 9:40 a.m., deputies located 50-year-old Peter Aibor Jeschke of Santa Babara at the tennis courts in the 1400-block of Park Place in Santa Barbara. Jeschke was arrested without incident for five counts lewd or lascivious acts with a child of age 14 or 15 and where the suspect is 10 years older than the victim, and two counts of oral copulation of a person under age 16. He is being held at the Main Jail on $100,000 bail.
This arrest is the culmination of an investigation that began in October 2023, when a survivor came forward to law enforcement. The crimes alleged occurred during a time when Jeschke was the survivor’s tennis coach. In the months that followed, a thorough investigation was completed, resulting in a judge approving a warrant for the arrest of Jeschke. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Deputy Special Duty, Jaycee Hunter at 805-681-4100. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can provide information by calling our tip line at (805)681-4171 or online at SBSheriff.org.
The Sheriff’s Office is aware that survivors of sexual assault and abuse can be hesitant to come forward for many different reasons. We have many resources available regardless of your decision to participate in a criminal investigation. Sheriff’s detectives coordinate closely with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, 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 also like to remind survivors that they can also find support services through our community partner, Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA). Services offered by STESA include a confidential 24-Hour hotline, legal and medical advocacy and accompaniment, and counseling. You can reach a STESA advocate at any time by calling (805) 564-3696.