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Detectives Share Photo of Sex Crimes Suspect and Encourage Additional Survivors to Reach Out

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sheriff’s detectives are sharing the booking photo of 21-year-old William James Trautwein Jr. and encouraging additional survivors to reach out. On Thursday, February 1, 2024, detectives arrested Trautwein on a warrant for felony violations including sexual assault, assault with great bodily injury, unlawful sex with a minor, and possession of child pornography. Since then, they have heard from additional survivors and have requested additional charges be filed by the District Attorney’s Office. Trautwein remains in custody without bail. Detectives are now sharing a photo of Trautwein to aid survivors in identifying him.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage anyone with knowledge of additional crimes associated with Trautwein, to please contact Detective Plett by phone at 805-681-4150. If you would like to be anonymous, you can submit information at or by calling 805-681-4171.

The Sheriff’s Office is aware that survivors of sexual assault and abuse are often reluctant 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 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.

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