Jun 8, 2016

HCSO explains why it took them time to release the info on Gibbs, reported missing, now wanted for alleged sexual abuse

Roy Alan Gibbs was reported missing last week, and today, HCSO released a press release seeking his arrest for alleged continuous sexual abuse of a 9 year old.

I contacted the Sheriff's office and asked that if this was known since Memorial Day, the same day, the press release went out reporting him missing, why did HCSO wait over a week to release information about an alleged child molestor?

                           Roy Alan Gibbs

Undersheriff William Honsal responded, "The victim provided a statement to HCSO yesterday, giving us probable cause to write the arrest warrant. I know justice isn't always swift, but we want to make sure the case is solid before we pursue an arrest."

$2.5 million bail and warrant issued for Roy Alan Gibbs alleged to have abused a 9 year old

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.


  1. Was this guy ever found?

    1. I will check for you but I don't see any follow up announcing his arrest.