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Man Arrested for Repeated Sexual Abuse


Jose Hurtado, a 59-year-old Santa Barbara resident, was arrested 12/18 on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, kidnap to commit rape, and false imprisonment. Police said a teenage girl had been the victim of repeated sexual abuse by Hurtado in 2006 and 2007 when she was 10 years old and living with her parents and Hurtado on the 700 block of Cook Avenue. Officers also discovered two additional victims who said they were repeatedly sexually abused by Hurtado when they were 14 years old. One of the victims had lived with her mother and her sister and Hurtado at the Cook Avenue residence in 1996, and the other had lived with Hurtado when she was a teenager in Mexico in 1975. Hurtado was booked in County Jail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1/7.

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