Former Selby Lane School coach arrested on suspicion of sex crimes


A former coach from Selby Lane School in Atherton was arrested on Friday, Sept. 18, by officers from the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of sex crimes with a 14-year-old boy.

Redwood City resident Julio Edgardo Ortiz, 35, is being held in San Mateo County jail on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor under the age of 16, oral copulation with a minor where there is an age difference of 10 years, and child endangerment, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Ortiz is in custody on $500,000 bail and his case has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution, deputies said.

The arrest was made at a rest stop on Interstate 280 overlooking the Crystal Springs reservoir some time after 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. Two CHP officers on patrol entered the rest stop and checked on a blue 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, where they observed the alleged sexual activities, deputies said.

Detectives from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office who specialize in sexual assault cases are assisting in the investigation and have learned that Mr. Ortiz once coached sports at Clifford School in Redwood City and Selby Lane School in Atherton, deputies said. Mr. Ortiz also volunteered as a coach for the Sheriff's Activities League.

The elementary schools and the activities league ended their relationships with Mr. Ortiz in 2014 after he was arrested in Santa Clara County for providing alcohol to a minor, deputies said.

Authorities have notified officials at both schools of Mr. Ortiz's arrest, and the investigation will include an effort to determine whether there have been additional victims, deputies said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on this or other incidents involving Mr. Ortiz to contact Detective Dan Hoss at (650) 363-4066 or write to him at The anonymous tip line is also available at 1-800-547-2700.

— Dave Boyce

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

One sick puppy. 1130 at night? 14 years old? Needs immediate help with his problems.

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Posted by Tobruk
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Sep 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

How horrifying! And to think we trust our school staff enough to send students on outings and overnighters. I for one will think twice about sending my children anywhere, or allowing one staff member to take her/him out.

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