The owner of a popular surf school in Santa Cruz is behind bars for allegedly taking thousands of secret videos and photos of young college girls and having sex with them, police say.
Dylan Greiner, 38, was arrested after search warrants issued to his home and workplace revealed a large collection of videos of young girls taken both at surf school and on the beaches.
He was arrested on suspicion of obscene and lascivious acts with children and taken to Santa Cruz County Jail, where he is being held on $ 500,000 bond, police said.
Police said the suspect secretly recorded young girls changing into wetsuits at the Santa Cruz Surf School, located at 131 Center St., which he owns and operates.
Officers also found “a multitude of photographs and other videos secretly recorded by Mr. Greiner” of the girls’ breasts, buttocks and genitals, police said. Police said a preliminary search on one of the suspect’s computers also revealed thousands of videos secretly capturing girls as young as eight on the beach.
At school, Greiner would befriend students as young as 13 and offer them free surfing lessons or a job at his business, police said. Police said Greiner made inappropriate sexual advances to at least two victims, aged 13 and 14, and took inappropriate photos of them focusing on private parts.
A preliminary investigation shows Greiner has had appropriate relationships with young girls for at least four years, police said. Police said the suspect admitted to taking secret video footage and photos and uploading illicit footage of 13 and 14-year-old girls.
He also wrote letters of apology to the two victims identified by police and to the community for his actions, police said. Detectives are examining photos and videos seized during search warrant operations to identify more victims. Affected relatives and other victims are urged to contact Santa Cruz Police detectives at (831) 420-5820.