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Former coach sentenced for molestation, assault

 

A former youth basketball coach was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for a child molestation and sexual assault case that began when he was found fellating a 14-year-old boy, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Julio Edgardo Ortiz, 37, of Menlo Park, was arrested in September 2016 after a California Highway Patrol officer found him at a lookout point along Interstate Highway 280.

Ortiz and the teen were in a parked car with the engine running and prosecutors said he was orally copulating the teen when the officer checked inside, prosecutors said.

Investigators said Ortiz met the victim two years earlier as an elementary school basketball coach. Mr. Ortiz coached at Selby Lane School in Atherton and Clifford School in Redwood City, deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said. He also volunteered as a coach for the Sheriff's Activities League, deputies said.

Four more victims eventually came forward, including a woman who was assaulted when she brought her child to school for a parent-teacher conference.

Last month, Ortiz pleaded no contest to continuous sexual molestation, lewd acts on a child by force or fear, lewd acts on a child 10 years younger than the defendant, lewd acts on a child under 14, contacting a minor to request child pornography, and digital sexual penetration of an adult woman by force or fear.

He received the 50-year sentence Friday from San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh, with 1,031 days credit for time served.

Defense attorney Monica Toole said prosecutors sought a life sentence for Ortiz but ultimately agreed to the defense offer of the 50-year sentence.

— Bay City News Service

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