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Police: Greiner has a half-million images on his computers, volunteered at Boys and Girls Club

Modified: Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013

Dylan David Greiner, owner of Santa Cruz Surf School, was in court Wednesday on charges of lewd and lascivious acts, including owning inappropriate videos and photos of young girls. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — The surf instructor accused of numerous sex crimes also served as a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Cruz, where he took inappropriate images and videos of young girls, the Santa Cruz Police Department said Thursday.

Greiner, 38, taught basic surfing techniques at the club, police said.

Investigators found the images as they continue to investigate Dylan David Greiner, who was arrested Aug. 10 for having inappropriate sexual contact with young girls, creating and possessing thousands of images of child pornography and for asking girls to create pornographic images and videos for him.

The investigation has so far turned up more than 500,000 images on his computers, Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said.

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz Executive Director Bob Langseth said the organization is fully cooperating in the investigation.

According to Langseth, Greiner offered lessons to groups of Boys & Girls Club members over the past six months.

Langseth said Greiner underwent a background check, as do all potential volunteers. In addition, other program staff were always on the beach during the lessons, he stated in an email.

  “The organization is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any staff member, board member, volunteer or Club member,” Langseth stated.

  Police believe that Greiner, who owns Santa Cruz Surf School, had contact to numerous young people through his business. Police are currently working to identify each of the young girls who appear in Greiner’s photos and videos.

Santa Cruz Police have received calls and emails from more than 100 concerned parents throughout California and the U.S., asking detectives to send photos to help them confirm whether their children were victimized, which is not possible due to concerns over confidentiality, Clark said.

Anyone concerned about whether their child is a victim in the case should email the Santa Cruz Police Department at investigations@cityofsantacruz.com and provide the following information.

Parent name


Home telephone

Cellular telephone

Child’s name

Child’s age

Dates of visit at Santa Cruz Surf School

Appropriate image of child

Detectives will contact any parent whose child has been victimized.

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