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Accused Sex Offender No Longer Out On Bail

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Mar 15 2014 01:12:43 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 17 2014 05:01:43 PM CDT

A man out on one million dollars bail has been re-arrested in Santa Barbara for violating the terms of his release.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Neighbors have been keeping an eye on Richard Box since the man accused of sexually abusing his wife and step-daughter posted bail.

He recently asked the court for permission to do home repair but instead he was ordered to stay 500-yards away from properties where his accusers live.  His wife and step-daughter, both from Thailand, live in a home on the Santa Barbara Mesa.

Their neighbors said they called police after seeing him nearby last month.

On Friday, Box was spotted having lunch at a popular Santa Barbara Harbor restaurant. Witnesses said he was defiant and smiled when police came to arrest him. Officers returned to the restaurant to find a phone he is suspected of passing off to his dining companion.  It could hold proof of his whereabouts.

A $1-million warrant had been issued for his arrest, but Box is now back in jail.  A trial date has not yet been set.

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