Greg Ray, who worked with many schools, including Taft Union, faces 13 counts

The Santa Barbara County-based high school yearbook consultant accused of the sexual molestation of three boys in the Santa Ynez area pleaded not guilty when he appeared in Court last week.
Greg Scott Ray, who worked with yearbook staffs around central California, including Taft Union High School, is charged with 13 felony counts involving three victims aged 13 to 17, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office.

The counts include lewd and lascivious acts, sodomy, oral copulation and sexual penetration with a foreign object.

None of the allegations involve Taft Union students.

Still, the TUHSD took several steps last week upon hearing of the arrest:

• Staff began talking to students on the yearbook staff

•The Kern County Sheriff's office was notified of the allegations and TUHS is ready to "cooperate fully with law enforcement in their investigation," Superintendent Blanca Cavazos said.

Ray worked off and on with TUHS for the past 20 years, according to retired teacher and yearbook advisor Jim Carnal.

Ray was arrested last week following a month long investigation.

He is accused of contacting and getting to know the alleged victims through a social media app.

His bail is set at $1.2 million.