January 21, 2021
A Santa Barbara-area man was arrested this week on suspicion of sex crimes investigators say targeted elderly victims at care homes in the area.
The investigation began on Jan. 5 of this year when the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says detectives began looking into allegations of abuse at a care home in Goleta between 2013 and 2020.
During the investigation, investigators say they learned an additional offense may have also happened in Santa Barbara.
“Through their coordinated investigations, Sheriff’s and Police Detectives learned that 32-year-old Jared Ekola of Santa