A former Dos Pueblos High School football coach has been arrested for felony stalking after he admitted to relentlessly calling, watching, and following a former student athlete who, according to authorities, experienced “significant sustained fear” from his harassment.
Santa Barbara County resident Justin Sell, 27, started stalking the victim in mid-May, said police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, which included, “annoying phone calls, surveillance of the victim and the victim’s residence, confronting the victim in public, creating a fictitious Facebook account for the purpose of posting demeaning comments about the victim and befriending the victim’s contacts, and articulating the intent to move to the state where the victim will be attending college.”
On June 25, SBPD detectives served a search warrant on Sell’s house in the 4600 block of Tajo Drive and arrested him without incident. According to Harwood, “Sell admitted to committing nearly all of the acts described by the victim and other witnesses.” Sell reportedly told authorities he stalked the victim because he thought their friendship was failing.