LOS ANGELES - A former Rosemead High wrestling coach has been arrested and booked on charges of lewd acts upon a minor Tuesday after being arrested in Mexico, sheriff's officials said Wednesday evening.
Herbert Ortiz, 29, was taken into custody after landing at Los Angeles International Airport from Guadalajara, Mexico accompanied by Mexican immigration officials as authorities have been looking for him since September. His bail has been set at $215,000, sheriff's officials said.
Ortiz came to the attention of Mexican immigration authorities after he walked into a U.S. consulate office in Mexico in an attempt to obtain a visa to travel to Guatemala.
After performing a routine check of Ortiz, consular officials alerted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and detained him before Mexican officials extradited him to California, sheriff's officials said.
Ortiz is being prosecuted for sexual abuse allegations after a comprehensive investigation by the sheriff's special victims bureau. The sexual abuse incidents were disclosed by the victim after being confronted by his mother who had been alerted to and subsequently viewed a "YouTube" video on the Internet, sheriff's officials said.
In the video, a male alleged he was also a victim of the suspect and was warning viewers, specifically those residing in Rosemead, to protect their children. The male on the video said that he had been a sexual abuse victim of the suspect, sheriff's officials said.
The mother recognized the suspect as a former assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High and reported the incident to the sheriff's department, sheriff's officials said.
One former student who wrestled at Rosemead High before graduating, Matthew Fregoso of Rosemead, said he was familiar with Ortiz while he was a coach there. However, Fregoso added he didn't think Ortiz would do anything like this.
"He was alright," Fregoso said of Ortiz. "I didn't really know him, but I didn't think he would do something like this."