press release - 07291601

Royce Warner, 36



Royce Warner, 36

Extradition for Lompoc Man After Recent Investigation Reveals Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse


Santa Barbara - July 29th, 2016

An inmate at the Santa Barbara County Jail who was awaiting extradition to Fargo, North Dakota to face four felony charges of child pornography possession is now facing local charges of child sexual abuse.  On July 13, 2016, 36-year-old Royce Devin Warner of Lompoc was arrested for the alleged continued sexual abuse of a child following an investigation conducted the past several weeks by Sheriff’s detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division.


Warner was first arrested on June 20, 2016 at his place of employment for the child pornography possession warrant out of North Dakota.  During the time of his arrest, he was employed at the Lompoc Unified School District in the print shop.  Warner has been employed by the Lompoc Unified School District since July of 2015.


The Sheriff’s Office is concerned there may be more victims out there and is seeking the public’s assistance.  Anyone with information concerning this investigation or any other related crimes is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division, Santa Maria Office at (805) 934-6170.


Warner remains in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $500,000 bail.  His next court date is September 8th, 2016 in Lompoc Court.  The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office filed the additional charges of continued child sexual abuse at his arraignment on July 15th.   Warner will face his charges in California before consideration for his extradition to North Dakota.





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