Sue Oberholtzer told us that Dan was first elected District Attorney of San Luis Obispo in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. Throughout his career, he has focused on sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases. Dan served in the US Army since 1989 and currently serves as Lieutenant Colonel JAG officer in the CA National Guard at Camp Roberts. He was deployed to Iraq in 2010 where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Dan is married to Wendy (also a Rotarian) and they have two children Chloe and Jedidiah.

Dan began by telling us that it was great being with “another Best Rotary Club”. The Mission of the District Attorney’s is to bring justice and safety to our rights of crime victims. In addition to prosecuting, the District Attorney’s
office is responsible for keeping the community safe, helping and protecting the rights of victims.

District Attorney Dow leads the office staff of 110 employees which makes the District Attorney's Office the largest law firm in San Luis Obispo County. There are 37 attorneys, 16 victim advocates dealing with people in crisis, 38 support staff and 17 investigators who help attorneys prepare for trial.

In the justice system, the Judge ensures fairness, the defense advocates for clients seeking the best possible outcome and the DA seeks the truth: a just outcome for the victim and society. Domestic violence accounts for 10% of the crimes in SLO County and last year the DA’s office handled over 1,000 cases. Just in the past week, 3 defendants were sentenced: Levente Lazar received life without parole for murder, William Martinez Perez got 100 years to life for 3 counts of child molestation (under 14 years old), and Tyrel Hebert received 4 years for intimate partner violence and child abuse.

Human trafficking has become a top priority for the DA’s office. They are trying to catch people paying for sex and publish their names in an effort for reduce the demand for sexual exploitation of children. 99% of prostitutes in the county are victims of human trafficking,

Thank you Dan for a very informative program and for agreeing to return to get into more details about Human Trafficking.