OTTUMWA—An arrest made Wednesday, April 19th at Ottumwa High School is making the public aware of an inappropriate relationship between a student and a school employee.
At 5:26PM, OPD officers arrested 26-year-old Jose De Jesus Ortiz, Jr. at 501 East Second Street, Ottumwa (OHS). An arrest report shows that Ortiz is from Chicago but now resides in Ottumwa at 1532 West Finley Avenue, Apartment 19. It is not yet clear how long he has been employed at OHS.
At the time of his arrest, Ortiz was charged with Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor, Therapist, or School Employee. This charge is a Class D Felony. A search of the Ottumwa Community Schools staff directory shows that a Jose Ortiz is currently a Spanish teacher at Ottumwa High School.
The complaint and affidavit filed first thing Thursday morning April 20th, gives further information into details of the crime. It states that on or about the months of September 2016 through January 2017, the defendant is accused of committing the offense at his place of residence, 1532 West Finley Avenue, Apartment 19.
One very important piece of information included in the document is that Ortiz appears to have admitted to his crime. The affidavit directly states, “The defendant and victim admitted to performing multiple sex acts with each other over an extended period of time.”
The document goes on to say, “The defendant showed a pattern or practice or scheme of conduct to engage in sexual conduct with a student for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of the defendant, who was a school employee at the Ottumwa High School at the time of the offense, and the victim, who was a student enrolled at the Ottumwa High School at the time of the offense.”
The Ottumwa Post contacted Ottumwa School District for their feedback on the arrest. At this time, they have no comment.
Ortiz is currently being held in Wapello County Jail on a $5,000 standard bond.
Ottumwa Post will continue to update as more information becomes available.