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Convicted sex offender working as dressage instructor out of Arroyo Grande arrested

Hugh Lewis Higley, 71, of rural Arroyo Grande was arrested Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender, providing false identification to a peace officer and warrants out of Sacramento County. Original story »
Hugh Lewis Higley, 71, of rural Arroyo Grande was arrested Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender, providing false identification to a peace officer and warrants out of Sacramento County. Original story »

A convicted sex offender posing as a dressage instructor out of rural Arroyo Grande was arrested Monday morning by San Luis Obispo County authorities.

Hugh Lewis Higley, 71, was arrested at 9:50 a.m. on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender - a felony - and misdemeanor providing false identification to a peace officer. He also had warrants out of Sacramento County.

According to the Megan's Law website, Higley was convicted of having obscene material depicting a minor in sexual conduct. According to the website, Higley had been in violation of registration requirements since March 30, 2006.

Using the name Ben McLeod, Higley was doing business as McLeod dressage, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. He would advertise on the Internet using piaffe4fun@yahoo.com and travel to clients' arenas to provide instruction.

Dressage is a type of horse training.

Bail for Higley was set at $200,000.

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