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Former Youth Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Boy in San Mateo County

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    A former youth sports coach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

    California Highway Patrol officers said they found Julio Edgardo Ortiz sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy on Friday. The CHP officers were patrolling Interstate 280, just south of Highway 92 in San Mateo, when they stopped to check the rest stop known as "Vista 3" and found Ortiz and the boy in a vehicle, officials said.

    The area overlooks the Crystal Springs reservoir.

    Ortiz, 35, is a Redwood City resident. He was arrested and booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. Ortiz faces charges of oral copulation with a minor under age 16, oral copulation with a minor with 10 years difference and child endangerment.

    Officials said Ortiz previously served as a sports coach at both Clifford School in unincorporated San Mateo County and Selby Lane school in Atherton. He also volunteered his time as a coach with the Sheriff's Activities League.

    Ortiz was terminated from all those agencies in 2014 after being arrested in Santa Clara County for furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to the sheriff's office.

    School officials have been notified of Ortiz's latest arrest and parents will be informed as a precautionary measure, officials said.

    Additional investigation is underway for other possible victims.

    Ortiz was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday and is being held on $500,000 bail.

    Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident or similar incidents involving Ortiz is asked to call Detective Dan Hoss with the Mateo County Sheriff’s Office at 650-363-4066 dhoss@smcgov.org or the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-547-2700.

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