A cautionary Youtube video posted by one of the alleged victims of a sexual predator led one mother -- who recognized the man in the clip as her son's former wrestling coach -- to ask her 14-year-old son if he had also been abused. His answer was yes.
Herbert Daniel Ortiz, a former assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School in California, is wanted by authorities in connection with the alleged sexual abuse. The 29-year-old, who is also known as Herbert Ortiz Monroy, reportedly befriended the teen while working at the high school from 2007 to 2009, during which there were no allegations against him, Superintendent Nick Salerno told NBC4 News.
In the Youtube video, which has since been taken down by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, another teen said he was victimized by Ortiz and urged parents in the area to "protect their children."
Sergeant Dan Scott of the Special Victims Bureau said officials have spoken with the teen who posted the video and are conducting follow-up interviews.
"There are allegations dating back to 2002," Scott told Pasadena Star-News.
Authorities report that Ortiz knew of the video, and Rosemead City Manager Jeff Allred confirmed to NBC4 News Wednesday that Ortiz alerted the city to the video's existence and denied the allegations raised. Amidst claims of the sexual abuse, the city suspended his participation as a coach at the Bad News Panthers Children Wrestling Club, where Ortiz has reportedly worked since 2010.
Although Ortiz disputed the claims last week, his current whereabouts are unknown. The LA Sheriff's Department believes Ortiz may be trying to evade authorities.
"Investigators believe there may be additional victims who may have been sexually abused by the suspect," sheriff's officials said in a statement.