More Alleged Victims of Santa Cruz Surf Instructor Surface

By Associated Press
|  Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 2:22 PM PDT
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More Alleged Victims of Santa Cruz Surf Instructor Surface

Santa Cruz Police Department

Dylan Greiner

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Detectives have found more victims of a well-known Santa Cruz surf instructor who shot pornographic photos and videos of under-aged girls he was teaching, and have discovered more than a half-million photos and videos on the man's computers, authorities said Thursday.

Investigators were working through the droves of images trying to identify victims and believe that while he may have downloaded many from the Internet, 38-year-old Dylan Greiner shot most of them himself, Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said.

The number of victims "seems to be growing every day,'' Clark said. "Our investigators are just scratching the surface.''

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Investigators have learned that Greiner, already charged this week with 28 counts including possession of child pornography and performing lewd acts with a child, also took inappropriate photos of young girls while teaching basic board techniques through the Santa Cruz Boys and Girls Club, Clark said.

Greiner appeared in court this week but has not entered a plea to the previous charges. He was being held on $1 million bail.

An after-hours phone message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.

Most of the victims looked to be younger teenagers, though some in the photographs appeared to be as young as 8 to 10, Clark said.

"He's a predator,'' Clark said. "We want a monster like this out of our community for as long as possible.''

Surfing is essential to the culture of Santa Cruz, a city of about 60,000 people about 60 miles south of San Francisco. It has vied with Huntington Beach in Southern California for the rights to the moniker "Surf City, USA.''

Greiner taught several classes for aspiring surfers totaling more than 100 students per day, Clark said.

Concerned parents and potential victims may contact Santa Cruz  police detectives at (831) 420-5820 or investigations@cityofsantacruz.com.

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