LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - A freelance photographer whose work was seen in several news publications in the Santa Barbara area has been arrested on child pornography and intent to commit sex crimes charges.
Zack Warburg, 28, was taken into custody on March 26, 2019, after a months-long investigation. The warrant for his arrest included charges of communicating with a minor with intent to commit sex crimes or other felonies, possession of child pornography and sending harmful material to a minor with the intent of sexual gratification.
According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, the investigation began when a School Resource Deputy at San Marcos High School was notified by a student that Warburg was attempting inappropriate communications with her of a sexual nature.
The investigation "uncovered several instances of suspicious, lewd and suspected criminal behavior occurring between Warburg and minor female students at local area high schools and junior high schools, as well as out of the area," said the Sheriff's Department.
Several victims were identified throughout the investigation, and according to authorities, they discovered a pattern of criminal behavior where Warburg contacted underaged girls either in person or through various social media platforms.
"Warburg would then solicit illegal sexual acts, or solicit, or send, illegal sexually explicit images," said the Sheriff's Department. "Search warrants also revealed that Warburg was in possession of child pornography."
Warburg was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail and faces several criminal charges.
Investigators believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information regarding this case, or information that may lead to the discovery of other victims, is urged to call the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau at 805-681-4150.
FOX 11 reported this story from Los Angeles.