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Ex-coach accused on YouTube held in molestation case

Herbert OritzA former Rosemead wrestling coach who was accused of molestation by an alleged victim on YouTube was arrested in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday night.

Herbert Ortiz, 29, recently came to the attention of authorities after he visited the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara to get a travel visa for Guatemala, according to authorities.

Ortiz, who was an assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High, was sought by authorities in September after the YouTube video surfaced.

The mother of a 14-year-old boy saw the video in which another "male alleged he was victimized by the suspect and was warning viewers ... to protect their children," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in September. The mother recognized Ortiz and alerted deputies.

Ortiz was turned over to department detectives on Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport. He was being held on $215,000 bail.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (877) 710-5273.

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Photo: Herbert Ortiz. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
 
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