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Prosecutors add to the sexual-misconduct charges against former basketball coach

 

Authorities have added more allegations of sexual activity with a minor to the charges against Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former coach at Selby Lane School in Atherton and Clifford School in Redwood City, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Mr. Ortiz, who is 34 and a Redwood City resident, was already in jail after being arrested in an incident involving a 14-year-old boy at a rest stop on Interstate 280 on Sept. 18. In connection with that incident, he is facing charges 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, prosecutors said.

The new allegations involve 16 counts of a lewd act with a youth under the age of 14 over a period of 15 months -- between January 2013 and March 2014 -- while the youth was a player on the Clifford School basketball team, prosecutors said. This alleged victim came forward following the publicity of the first set of charges against Mr. Ortiz.

Monica Toole, Mr. Ortiz's attorney, was unavailable for comment.

Mr. Ortiz is in custody on bail of $1.5 million, up from the original $500,000 bail, prosecutors said. He has not yet entered a plea, they said. A preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, before Commissioner Rachel Holt in Redwood City Felony Court.

The initial arrest was made late on the evening of Sept. 18 at the I-280 rest stop overlooking the Crystal Springs reservoir. Two California Highway Patrol officers on patrol entered the rest stop and were checking on a blue 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when they observed the alleged sexual activities, deputies from the Sheriff's Office said.

The charges in that incident include misdemeanor drunken driving and driving on a suspended license, prosecutors said.

In addition to his coaching positions at the elementary schools, Mr. Ortiz also volunteered as a coach for the Sheriff's Activities League, deputies said.

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.

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

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