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Thursday 05/27/2021 3:30 PM - Child Molestation

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Child Molestation
Date and Time of Incident: 5-26-21, Approximately 1:00 PM
Place of Occurrence: N/A
Victim Information: Multiple victims
Suspect Information: James Peter Storton, 63, Arroyo Grande
Details of News Release: Recently, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Detectives received information of suspected child sexual abuse concerning multiple victims under the age of 14. The investigation by Detectives was submitted to the District Attorney's Office, who filed multiple counts charging lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14-years old. An arrest warrant was obtained, and on 5-26-21 Sheriff's investigators took 63-year-old James Peter Storton of Arroyo Grande into custody. The location of where these incidents occurred is being withheld to protect the victims and their family. Storton is a former Correctional Deputy. He retired from the Sheriff's Office 12 years ago in 2009. He was hired in 1980. This is an ongoing investigation. Detectives are asking for the public's help to identify any other potential victims in this case by calling the Sheriff's Office at 805-781-4500.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Thursday 05/27/2021 3:30 PM