SANTA BARBARA (AP) — Santa Barbara police have arrested a Mammoth Lakes surgeon and another man on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte says 46-year-old Dr. Andrew Bourne and 48-year-old businessman Joseph Walker, also of Mammoth Lakes, were in custody Thursday with bail set at $1 million. Each was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and illegal communication with a minor to facilitate sex.
Duarte says the investigation began in September when suspicious emails sent to the girl were discovered and sent to police.
More than 1,000 emails were recovered containing evidence that led to the arrests.
Bourne is a vascular surgeon who is also on the local school board.
Duarte says the case is still being investigated.
Both men pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Friday, according to the Santa Barbara News-Press.
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