Homeless Man Arrested for Pestering Children at Park

Lands in Jail with Trio of Charges

Goleta Police Officers arrested 42-year-old Donald Lee Shouse April 17 following accusations that he was harassing several children at Stow Grove Park in Goleta.

Donald Lee Shouse
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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Donald Lee Shouse

Shouse was reportedly intoxicated while he ran around chasing and threatening children on the playground and yelling profanities. Upon investigation, officers discovered that he was in fact not only under the influence of alcohol but also in possession of a knife and a small amount of marijuana with an expired doctor’s recommendation to carry the drug.

Shouse, a transient and registered sex offender, was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with charges of child annoyance, public intoxication, and illegal possession of marijuana. He is currently being held on a bail of $10,000.

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