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A community populated by a sizeable contingent of high-caliber tennis aficionados, Santa Barbara tennis courts were the scene of the headline-grabbing arrest of 50-year- old Peter Albor Jeshke on the afternoon of February 2nd by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department deputies and detectives attached to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
According to SBSD Public Information Officer Raquel Zick, Jeschke’s arrest was made following “an investigation that began in October 2023” when “a survivor” approached law enforcement to accuse him of “sex crimes against a minor” which were allegedly committed some 24 years prior, in 2000. At the time of the alleged “lewd or lascivious acts” upon the reporting female—now an adult in her thirties—Jaschke was himself in his twenties working as a tennis instructor and the victim was reportedly 14 or 15 years of age. Among those crimes alleged are “two counts of oral copulation of a person under age 16.”
It was at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Friday February 2nd when law enforcement showed up unexpectedly at the city’s Park Place Tennis Courts where Jeschke was conducting a private lesson session. He was summarily presented with an arrest warrant and taken into custody without incident. Jeschke was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail and remains in custody with his bail set at $100,000.