OPD Explains How They Learned of Teacher’s Misconduct

OTTUMWA-A press release received from Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew gives very little new information into the arrest of an Ottumwa High School teacher.  Jose De Jesus Ortiz, Jr. was arrested Wednesday evening, April 19th at OHS when it was learned that he may be having an ongoing sexual relationship with a student.


The press release, which was received around 03:40PM Thursday afternoon, April 20th, did answer one question.  How did the OPD learn of the alleged relationship?  The press release states that they received a call from an Ottumwa School District employee voicing concern of an inappropriate relationship between a high school teacher and student.


The press release, in its entirety, reads as follows:

“On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Ottumwa Police Department received a call from personnel from the Ottumwa Community School District regarding a high school teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

As a result of the investigation, the Ottumwa Police Department subsequently arrested Jose De Jesus Ortiz Jr. age 26, of 1532 W. Finley, Apt. 19, Ottumwa, with Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor, Therapist, or School Employee, a Class “D” Felony.
Ortiz is currently being held in the Wapello County jail on $5,000 bond.
Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings: ‘A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.'”