Coach wanted after mom views YouTube sex abuse allegations
Authorities Tuesday night were looking for a Rosemead wrestling coach who allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy whose mother was alerted by a YouTube video in which another person said he was victimized by the coach.
Herbert Daniel Ortiz, 29, has been employed as a coach at the Bad News Panthers children's wrestling club in Rosemead since 2010, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The department said in a statement that the 14-year-old boy's mother saw a YouTube video in which "another male alleged he was victimized by the suspect and was warning viewers ... to protect their children."
The mother recognized Ortiz, who is also known as Herbert Ortiz Monroy, as a former assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School, the department said. He was a coach at the school from 2007 to 2009.
The mother asked her son if he had been a victim. "Her son then disclosed the sexual abuse by the suspect," the Sheriff's Department said.
Detectives have been unable to locate Ortiz and believe he is trying to elude authorities, according to the department.
Authorities said Ortiz is aware of the YouTube video. His last known residence was in Baldwin Park.
Authorities said there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (877) 710-5273.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Herbert Daniel Ortiz. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department