A Solvang man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of raping a woman in 2018, according to a Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Raquel Zick.
Rick Fuette, 61, was arrested by sheriff's deputies for the alleged rape that reportedly occurred in the Santa Ynez Valley while the woman was unconscious, Zick said. The woman was not identified due to the nature of the alleged crime.
Fuette was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, although booking records indicate he has since been released. His bail was set at $100,000.
Fuette is scheduled to appear Sept. 2 at Superior Court in Santa Maria, Zick said.
Murder charges against a Santa Barbara man accused in the deaths of a Solvang mother and her two children in a fiery car wreck on Highway 154 were upheld following a two-day preliminary hearing examination last week.
The Santa Barbara County Probation Department on Oct. 6 launched Prison to Employment, an new program that partners with Goodwill and pays former inmates to earn work experience, and is aimed at reducing recidivism.