VICTORVILLE, Calif. — A 58-year-old swim and track coach was arrested after he allegedly picked up a 15-year-old boy and had sexual intercourse after a night of drinking, officials said.
On April 25, 2018, at approximately 7:34 a.m., the Hesperia Police Department received a call of a missing 15-year old boy. Prior to the deputy’s arrival, the boy returned home. He said he had been picked up the previous night, by an unknown male, as he was walking in Victorville.
“The boy said the suspect, identified as 58-year old Steven Lawrence Ortiz, told him he would take him to a homeless shelter, but after talking to the victim for a while he took him to his house in Victorville. The suspect and victim drank alcohol and then engaged in sexual acts. The victim remained at the suspect’s house until the next morning when the suspect drove him back home,” described a sheriff’s news release.
Detectives with the Victorville Police Department began an extensive investigation into the allegations. On May 10, 2018, a search warrant was served at Ortiz’ home in the 13600 block of Dean Ave.
Ortiz was detained and transported to the Victorville Police Department, where he was interviewed by detectives. Ortiz was subsequently arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for sexual intercourse with a minor and Sodomy. He is currently being held in lieu of a $75,000 bail.
The suspect has been a swim and track coach at various schools throughout the High Desert for more than two decades. Most recently served as the walk-on track and cross country coach at Granite Hills.
Officials from the Apple Valley Unified School District issued the following statement:
Apple Valley Unified School District is aware of last night’s arrest of a Granite Hills High School walk-on track and cross country coach. According to the Sheriff Investigator, the alleged victim is not a student at Granite Hills High School. We have no further information regarding this case.
A photo of Ortiz is being released, as it is believed other victims exist.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective S. Boydston at the Victorville Police Department, (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
(source: SBSD – Victorville Police Department)