Missing Veteran Wanted in Child Sexual Assault Case
On May 31st, social media began sharing posts regarding a missing veteran in the Blue Lake area. The first post we saw was at 11:43 a.m. Later we were contacted and we agreed to post here about the missing man.
Today, we received the following notice that the missing man is wanted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for sexually assaulting an elementary student. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at about 5:19 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to Blue Lake Elementary School to assist Child Welfare Services (CWS), with reported sexual assault case. CWS created a safety plan for the victim and the victim was safe with her mother.
Detectives were called out and served a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 100 block of Raymar Avenue in Blue Lake.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, a forensic interview was conducted with the assistance of the Humboldt County Child Abuse Services Team (CAST). During the interview, the 9 year old female victim disclosed repeated sexual abuse that occurred over several years.
Detectives sought a warrant for Roy Alan Gibbs. A Humboldt County Superior Court Judge signed the warrant and set bail at $2.5 million.
The charges on the warrant are continuous sexual abuse of a child, eight counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 using force or fear, providing harmful matter (pornography) to a minor, aggravated sexual assault of a minor (oral copulation), and terrorist threats.
Gibbs was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office on Monday, May 30, 2016. A search was conducted and deputies were unsuccessful in locating Gibbs.
If you know the whereabouts of Roy Alan Gibbs, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately. Do not attempt to apprehend Gibbs as he is possibly in possession of a firearm. Anyone with information related to this case is requested to contact Detective Scott Hicks at (707) 445-7301.