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Jul 1, 2012 3:04 PM

Former Tucson High School wrestling coach arrested for sex crime

TUCSON - A former Tucson High School wrestling coach has been arrested for sexual conduct with a minor.

Deputies with the Pima County Sheriff's Department arrested 53-year-old Richard Ortiz Saturday night.

They responded to the 6600 block of South Gila Avenue to check on a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area.

When they arrived at the south end of the street, they found a parked van and made contact to check and see if the vehicle was occupied.

Investigators found Ortiz and a 15-year-old girl, both only partially dressed.

According to deputies, the initial investigation on scene confirmed the obvious suspicion that Ortiz was involved in sexual activity with the girl.

Both the victim and Ortiz were taken from the scene for further questioning by detectives of the Sheriff's Crimes Against Children Unit.

They learned that Ortiz had been a wrestling coach for Tucson High School until January of this year and later took on a role of liaison, in which he was still involved in working with students.

The victim was a member of the wrestling team and continued to receive private wrestling instruction by Ortiz since March 2012.

On Saturday night, the victim accompanied Ortiz to assist with setting up a special event.

At the time Ortiz was supposed to return her back home, but deputies say he instead took the victim to the south end of Gila Avenue, where he engaged in sexual activity with her.

Ortiz has been booked into the Pima County jail.

News 4 Tucson will have more on this story on News 4 at 5:30pm.

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