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Former Tucson High School coach arrested on sex crime charge

Just before midnight on Saturday the Pima County Sheriff’s
Department responded to 5500 S. Gila Avenue in Tucson on a reported
suspicious vehicle call. Officers found 53-year-old Richard Ortiz, a
former high
school wrestling coach and a 15-year-old female both partially
dressed.

Ortiz reportedly stopped coaching at Tucson High School in January,
but remained a liaison for the team, and was involved in private lessons
with the victim since March 2012.

Ortiz was arrested for sexual conduct with a minor, after he was
supposed to take the victim home Saturday night but instead took her
to engage in sexual activity.