SANTA CRUZ -- A Santa Cruz surf instructor accused of lewd acts with two minors is expected to plead guilty in September and face a potential prison sentence, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Dylan David Greiner, 39, in December was held to answer for a trial on 23 charges that included child molestation and possession of child pornography, according to court records. Greiner secretly video recorded girls changing in his surf school's dressing room, inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl at a Felton swimming hole and inappropriately touched another girl older than 14, said prosecutor Rafael Vazquez. Authorities also found computer equipment with hundreds of child pornography images in Greiner's possession.
Greiner wrote a letter apologizing to victims and the community upon his arrest in August 2013, according to Santa Cruz police.
Wednesday, Santa Cruz County Superior Judge Timothy Volkmann said documents were still being prepared for a no-contest plea. Greiner was ordered back in court Sept. 2 for "further disposition," which likely will include a plea and sentencing, Vazquez said.
It will be an open plea to the court rather than a plea deal, and prosecutors will seek a state prison sentence rather than probation, said Vazquez.
Greiner remains in Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail, according to jail records. ------ (c)2014 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) at www.santacruzsentinel.com