Warning: This article contains graphic content. 

The UC Santa Barbara Police Department has arrested Peyton Joseph McDonald in connection with a sexual assault that occurred on campus property on Aug. 27. The suspect was arrested on Sept. 9 at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). 

The felony charges against McDonald are rape by force, false imprisonment, assault with force and oral copulation. 

According to Martha Swanson, SBCC executive director, public affairs and communication, McDonald is a student at SBCC.

This investigation is ongoing, and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: [9/15/2021, 2:05 p.m.]: This article was updated to include that the suspect is a student at Santa Barbara City College. 


Atmika Iyer
Atmika Iyer (she/her/hers) is the Daily Nexus editor in chief for the 2022-23 school year. Previously, Iyer was the County News and co-Lead News Editor for the 2021-22 school year. She's a lover of loud music, loud laughs and loud prints.