Sexual Abuse and Possession/Dissemination of Child Pornography Involving 11 Year Old Child
Sebastian D. Santibanez
DEFENDANT: Sebastian D. Santibanez (36 Years Old)
4994 Pheasant Run, Douglassville, Pennsylvania 19518
CHARGES: Statutory Sexual Assault
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
Aggravated Indecent Assault
Unlawful Contact with Minor
Possession and Dissemination of Child Pornography (3 Counts)
Endangering Welfare of Children
Corruption of Minors
Criminal Use of Communication Facility
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On October 15, 2019, the Berks County Detective’s Office received a Childline Referral from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services, which identified a female who was the victim of sexual abuse.
Additionally, the Berks County Detective’s Office received a report from the Amity Township Police Department, which contained specific details and information related to the sexual abuse, after the victim filed her initial complaint with that agency.
The female victim is currently (18) eighteen years old.
The suspect was positively identified as Sebastian D. Santibanez. He dated the victim’s mother for several years, however that relationship ended last year.
The Berks County Detective’s Office initiated a criminal investigation which yielded the following:
On October 21, 2019, the victim was interviewed by Berks County Detectives, who were assigned to this investigation.
During this interview, the female victim (18 years old) disclosed that the sexual abuse started when she was approximately (11) eleven years old and continued over the course of (7) seven years until she reached (18) eighteen years old.
Based on the historical information the victim provided, along with the evidence which has been collected, the Berks County Detectives were able to establish the offenses occurred approximately between July 2012 and October 2019.
The victim reported that the “regular sexual activity”, which involved sexual intercourse along with other sexual acts, occurred at multiple locations, including the following: inside the suspect’s residence; suspect’s place of business located in Limerick, Montgomery County; inside hotel rooms located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; as well as vehicles which were owned by the suspect.
During the course of this investigation, the Berks County Detectives also recovered digital images and videos which were sexually explicit and corroborated information which the victim provided to law enforcement.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the Berks County Detective’s Office filed criminal charges against the defendant, Sebastian D. Santibanez, at Magisterial District Judge Steven Chieffo’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued for the defendant.
On February 25, 2020, at approximately 9:00 P.M., the defendant was taken into custody shortly after departing his place of business located in Limerick, Montgomery County. The defendant was immediately transported to the Central Processing Center located at the Berks County Courthouse and released into the custody of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department.
The defendant was fingerprinted and photographed. Bail was set at $1 million dollars and he remains in Berks County Jail awaiting further court action.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Sebastian D. Santibanez is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.