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Update –– Additional Unidentified or Unaware Families Sought

Child Molestation Suspects Arrested

We would like to formally apologize to Lauren Allen, her family and friends. In a media release today we listed Lauren’s name and photo as the alias used by the suspect, Brittney Lyon. We want to state unequivocally that Lauren Allen herself is in no way a suspect in this case. We are sorry to cause concern or to associate Lauren’s name with this type of criminal behavior. We made a mistake by not thoroughly vetting the investigative information before we released it to the public. We removed the photos. We personally reached out to Lauren to apologize and are conducting an internal investigation to ensure this does not happen again.

Update - for clarity, and we are sorry for any confusion. The suspect in this case, Brittney Lyon, is still in custody. Investigators suspect she may have used three photos in her ads and potentially one alias name. The alias name and associated photo were Lauren Allen. To reduce confusion, we are removing the photos and replacing them with the original suspect photos. If you have additional information, please call 760-931-2156. We would like to thank the community and media for your continued assistance and support of this ongoing investigation. Please continue to share this information.

Investigation into the child molestation case involving 22-year-old Brittney Lyon, has led detectives to believe there are additional unidentified or unaware victims.

The City of Carlsbad Police Department is asking for the media and community’s help to find additional families that have used Lyon’s babysitting services. The victims could be in regions outside San Diego including San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles.

On July 5, 2016, investigators arrested Lyon on suspicion of eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts on children she was babysitting.

Families who have used the babysitting websites www.care.com, www.sitter.com or www.sittercity.com are asked to look at the included photos to see if they hired Lyon as a sitter.

If you or anyone you know used Lyon as a babysitter, please contact Detective Steve Stallman at 760-931-2293.  

For more Information
Detective Scott Stallman, 760-931-2293 or scott.stallman@carlsbadca.gov

Police media contact
Jodee Sasway, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or jodee.sasway@carlsbadca.gov

July, 7 2016

Child Molestation Suspects Arrested

CARLSBAD, Calif. - During the evening of July 5, the City of Carlsbad Police Department received notification from the Oceanside Police Department that they had been made aware of child molestation that had reportedly occurred in the City of Carlsbad.

Carlsbad investigators took over the case and worked throughout the night to identify and arrest two suspects thought responsible for the crimes. The investigation included multiple search warrants within the 24 hour period and resulted in the collection of evidence.

During the investigation, detectives learned that one of the suspects, 22-year-old Brittney Lyon of Escondido, took children that she was babysitting to a home in the 6300 block of Greenhaven Drive that was occupied by her boyfriend, 22-year-old Samuel Cabrera Jr. At the residence, Cabrera reportedly engaged in sexual molestation of the children while Lyon filmed the acts.

Investigators arrested Lyon and Cabrera for multiple felony counts that included conspiracy and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under the age of fourteen. Both were booked into the Vista Detention Facility where Lyon’s bail was set at $100,000 and Cabrera’s bail was set at $2.3 million.

The investigation has identified two 7-year-old female victims, one from Oceanside and one from Escondido, and investigators believe there might be additional victims. The Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance. Anyone who has information related to any potential illicit activity by Lyon or Cabrera is asked to call the Police Hotline at 760-931-2293.

“We are equally disturbed and outraged that adults would victimize children in this way,” commented Police Chief Neil Gallucci. “The safety and welfare of children are our top priority and we are committed to presenting a comprehensive case to the District Attorney’s Office”

For more information
Chris Boyd, Police Lieutenant, Investigations Division, 760-931-2218 or chris.boyd@carlsbadca.gov

Police media contact
Jodee Sasway, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or Jodee.Sasway@carlsbadca.gov

April 27, 2017