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Wrestling Coach Arrested in Mexico for Alleged Lewd Acts Upon a Minor in Rosemead

November 13th, 2012 by Temple City Tribune

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A former Assistant Wrestling Coach from Rosemead High School, has been sought by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau detectives since September 2012.

The suspect was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by Los Angeles Police officers and U.S. Marshals on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Suspect, 29-year-old, Herbert Ortiz, arrived at LAX from Guadalajara, Mexico with Mexican Immigration Officials.

Ortiz came to the attention of Mexican Immigration authorities after he walked into a U.S. Consulate Office in Mexico, in an attempt to obtain a Visa to travel to the country of Guatemala. A routine check of the suspect was conducted and security personnel were alerted to the LASD arrest warrant for the suspect. After confirming the arrest warrant, the suspect was subsequently detained and with coordinated efforts, escorted to Los Angeles by Mexican Immigration authorities.

The suspect, who is a former assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School was wanted for sexual abuse allegations after a comprehensive investigation by the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. Detectives believe that the suspect had fled the United States to avoid prosecution.

The sexual abuse incidents were disclosed by the victim after being confronted by his mother who had been alerted to and subsequently viewed a “YouTube” video on the internet. In the video, a male alleged he was also a victim of the suspect and was warning viewers, specifically those residing in Rosemead, California, to protect their children. The male said on the video that he had been a sexual abuse victim of the suspect. The mother recognized the suspect as a former assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School and reported the incident to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Ortiz was booked in Los Angeles for the arrest warrant, charging Lewd Acts Upon a Minor, 288(a) P.C. Bail is set at $215,000. 00

The investigation is being handled by the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. Anyone who may have further information regarding this crime is asked to contact Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273. . If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/.

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