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Ex-school coach faces sex-with-minor charges

 

Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former elementary school athletic coach in Atherton and Redwood City and a resident of Menlo Park, pleaded not guilty Feb. 18 to all charges, including those related to his September 2015 arrest at an Interstate 280 rest stop near Highway 92, where he was allegedly engaged in sexual activities with a 14-year-old boy.

A jury trial is scheduled for June 20, with a pretrial conference set for 1:30 p.m. on April 27, prosecutors said. Mr. Ortiz is in jail on a bail of $1.5 million.

The charges against Mr. Ortiz include oral copulation with a minor under the age of 16, misdemeanor drunken driving and driving on a suspended license, prosecutors said. He is also charged with 16 lewd acts with another minor, this one under age 14, and communicating with a third minor to commit a lewd act.

The arrest was made 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, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

Mr. Ortiz coached at Selby Lane School in Atherton and Clifford School in Redwood City, prosecutors said. He 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.

Dave Boyce

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