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Local Wrestling Coach Wanted For Sexual Assaulting Minors

Bad News Panthers coach Herbert Daniel Ortiz is accused of sexually assaulting minors around the San Gabriel Valley.

Written with information from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Press Release.

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have launched a manhunt for a local wrestling coach accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

Baldwin Park resident Herbert Daniel Ortiz, a.k.a. Herbert Ortiz Monroy, has worked at the Bad News Panthers Children Wrestling Club in  Rosemead since 2010. Ortiz, 29, also served as an assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School from 2007-2009. 

The investigation began with a YouTube video in which a man alleged Ortiz had sexually abused him and warned parents to keep their children away from the coach.

Someone brought the video to the attention of the 14-year-old accuser's mother. Upon seeing the video, the mother asked her son, who had befriended Ortiz at Rosemead High school, whether the coach had ever abused him. The accuser told his mother that Ortiz had indeed sexually assaulted him.

The crimes reportedly occurred in the Rosemead, El Monte and Baldwin Park, but detectives say Ortiz may have victims in surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley.

When detectives attempted to contact Ortiz, who they say knew about the YouTube video, he had vanished. Detectives have turned to the public for help in locating Ortiz, described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-8 and 160 pounds.

If you see Ortiz, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.

Parents, possible victims or witnesses are asked to contact Special Victims Bureau detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 1 (877) 710-LASD (5273), or via e-mail at specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org.

If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA, plus your tip, to CRIMES (274637). You can also submit your tip through the Crime Stoppers Web site at http://lacrimestoppers.org

Karma September 05, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I believe the other news outlets should be aware that he was also at Temple City High School...There maybe other victims at that school as well. To MrMr.....I believe the lady you are referring to as his "wife" is actually his older sister, who also works for this 'Non-profit' organization (and I use the word 'Non-profit' loosely) . There is no machine shop either, it's a silk-screening business. I hope and pray these allegations are false, but there are far too many things that add up now. My thoughts and prayers are with the alleged victims and their families!
Jasmine September 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
He's not married.
Alicia Perez September 06, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Herbert was my neighbor from 98-02 in El Monte. His Mom used to take kids to area schools..ex, Savannah & Encinita Elementary, Muscatel Middle Rosemead High School. She drove a big blue Van & charged $1 to & $1 from school. She also made Pinatas for Birthday Parties. She would sometimes take him along when she would pick up these kids. I know because since we were neighbors, My 2 Daughters & Brother-In-Law were the 1st ones on that van in the morning. My brother-in-law, who was 7 or 8 at the time, is the one who posted the YouTube Video. He was around kids alot!!! He never did anything to my girls, so I'm thinking he was only into little boys. To Karma...I never new of him having a sister..It was always him & his Mom, Sra. Ramos!! My brother-in-law waited too long to say something, but he finally felt safe enough to tell when this poor excuse of a man left to the Navy. Since he waited, authorities said they could only charge him with Battery & by then he was long gone anyhow. If anything I'd advise anyone who trusted Sra. Ramos to take & pick-up their kids from school, to ask them about this man. My guess is that there was many other kids this man got his hands on besides the one's on the Wrestling Teams. After all, his Mom gave him access to kids of all ages.
Jasmine September 06, 2012 at 12:21 AM
None of what the authorities told him is true. Sounds like El Monte was trying to sweep things under the rug. He was still within the limitations at the time, and I am sorry your brother in law was not only hurt, but told he couldn't do anything after being brave enough to speak up. I don't know if he can prosecute now, but if he feels like he wants to speak again, you should have him talk to an attorney to know his rights.
Natalie Ragus (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Alicia, Jasmine and MrMr, could you e-mail me? I'd like to do a follow up on this story and talk to people who knew Ortiz.
Karma September 06, 2012 at 01:37 AM
If the one that posted the video is your Brother-in-law then his older sisters are your Sister-in-laws correct?? Why don't you ask your eldest sister-in-law if Herbert had an older sister as they were best buddies and were the same age and in the same grade. Your sister-in-law even gave Herbert's sister a dog before they had a falling out. There were many people living in the El Monte house....not just Herbert and his Mom, and the younger brother is the one I am worried about.
Bandit September 06, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I am sickened by the actions of this individual. I am a former Rosemead wrestler class of 90 and poor Louie Madrigal is probably turning in his grave, may he rest in peace. I personally would like to catch him before the authorities do in order to give him some street justice. I am really disturbed since I almost put my 7 year old in the program. How dare you Herbert Ortiz monroy tarnish Rosemead wrestling Dynasty after generations of wrestlers worked their asses of to be on the Ca map of excellent wrestlers .
Bronson September 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Parents, Family, and Friends: The account had been temporarily deactivated due tee allegations being made against coach Herbert. I would like for all to know that Herbert went to the authoraties the minute he heard about the video making the allegations. Last Wednesday, he was chased by two unknown vehicles, and threats were being made against him over the phone. He drove to El Monte PD and asked to be placed under protective custody, but was told that there was no charges against him and was semt home. The next morning he went to the el monte court house and asked to speak with the district attorney, but was told that there were no charges against him and they could not help. This same morning he received a blocked called telling him "we are going to come after you". He has not been seen since this day. At this time his family and friends fear for his life, and hope that nothing has happened to him. We must all remember that the term "alleged" means "being said without proof", we are all presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. By law, the accuser must come forth and provide evidence that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If reasonable doubt remains, the accused is to be acquitted (free from charge).
Karma September 06, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Broson: I believe you are mistaken, you maybe family or close friends that are not being told the whole truth from the core family. Question closely what you are being told from anyone in that family! Herbert's safety is not in danger, he is in hiding from the police. I hope and pray for the best, and that justice will be brought to whomever is at fault here.
Jasmine September 06, 2012 at 09:26 PM
That is what was posted on the BadNews Panthers Facebook yesterday.
Karma September 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Herbert was looking for police protection?? Well, they want him now! Time to come out of hiding, to deal with these "alleged" aligations. Branson: you are absolutely correct! We are blessed enough to live in a country where individuals are innocent until proven guilty. The whole unfortunate thing in this circumstance is that the children have to prove, they are not the guilty ones. Jasmin: the author is more than likely a family member, which would explain the attempt to proclaim his innocence ;-) I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but when so many "alleged" aligations start to add up, and the "alleged" perpetrator is in hiding, it's difficult not to come to the conclusion of his guilt! Times have proven when these things are ignored they preputuate, and that is my greatest fear. Should Herbert not present himself to prove his innocence, we most likely will have more victims.
Bronson September 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Let's get this straight. I am not family but i am someone that has known him for many years. Put yourself in his shoes...when you made multiple attempts to turn yourself in and they said no we cant help and there were people following you and threatening to kill you...wouldn't you make a run for it and go into hiding? I would! and this was a week ago! do you know how far i could get in a week?
Bronson September 06, 2012 at 11:20 PM
If my ex didn't like me she could easily say i hit her and be taken in for domestic violence. You have to show proof and you cant go by what people say. Don't let the media brainwash you. We all have the same rights. They better be right about these allegations or else they're going to be in a world of trouble. Many News articles have not used allegedly. They say that he did molest or sexually abuse. Thats not right. I hope none of you are ever put in this position.
Karma September 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Well, the thing is that are looking for him now. Yes, of course I know how far someone could get in a week, now does that make it right when you are in question of such crimes??? He can turn himself into any police department across the country. Wherever he maybe, and however far he may have gotten, it is now time turn himself in.
Jasmine September 06, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I get the innocence until proven guilty.. but it is not to be used as a stance that an accuser is lying. How is that any worse than automatically thinking someone is guilty? You always treat an accuser as if they are telling the truth. Then the accused gets taken in, questioned, and released pending more investigation. As for your example, there is a difference between being "taken in" and arrested. This isn't a case of someone made an allegation and Herbert was arrested with no evidence. The Sex Crimes division had already said that they questioned him previously, and he wasn't arrested. I guarantee you that when they question you originally, they tell you not to go anywhere. Then when they looked for him, he was gone. If he hid because he was afraid for his life, he would of told someone in his family, because by not telling someone, he would be letting them think something bad happened to him. Common sense. Wherever he is hiding, I guarantee you there is TV or internet. And IF someone is helping him hide, they would have seen that he was wanted. Everyday after the report went out that PD is looking for him, he is making himself LOOK more guilty. He wanted police protection, now he has it. He can turn himself into any station. When he actually turns himself in, then we can have a different conversation.
Jasmine September 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Also, I have not seen a single article that doesn't include the words alleged, suspected, or accused.
Karma September 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Yes, right again!! You do have to show proof, and you can't always go by what people say, yet in these cases explain to me how you are going to get proof from the child? What physical proof would there be after so many years? Before you go off about proof, you should verse yourself in some psychology. Maybe then you would realize in the cases involving children who have been molested often they are not able to come forward because of the emotional scars, and / or the threat of further humiliation from family, friends, and even the perpetrator! We absolutely all have the same rights...now what about the rights of the children??? You mention that these aligations better be right, or there will be plenty of people in trouble. First off let me say I hope it's all false, because I can not think of a more heinous crime than that of one who violates an innocent child!!! Now, on the same note if these aligations are true, anyone who has information on his whereabouts, or helped to conceal him from the authorities can be prosecuted as well. Whomever helped him to get "far away" would be guilty of a crime too. There is no excuse for him not to now grow up and accept the situation. He does deserve his day in court to defend himself, but that can not be accomplished if continues to hide.
Karma September 07, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The family, which I do not believe for a second that they do not know where he is, needs to tell him to surrender. I can not for the life of me understand why the family would not want their son to do the right thing.....unless of course they are in suspicion of his innocence as well. Dear Branson, regardless if we know someone personally or not, you maybe surprised to see everyone has secrets! I pray you never have a child or loved one that has to prove their innocence either....
Bronson September 07, 2012 at 12:57 AM
You all have a valid argument and I agree with what you are saying. I'm hoping that this is a case of the Irrational Mother. Wrestling is a physical sport and sometimes you're grabbed or hit in places that do not feel so good. I'm sure all that have wrestled would agree. Coaches have to be hands on at times to teach a move. You're pretty much walking on eggshells nowadays with being an adult and being hands on with a sport that is very physical and hands on.
Bronson September 07, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I don't see anyone getting mad when a baseball coach slaps a kid on the butt for making a nice play or a football coach slapping a kid on the butt for scoring a touchdown. You will get that one kid or mom that will take it the wrong way but it was never meant to be that way.
Bronson September 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Where's the Father in all of this? i've only heard mother
Karma September 07, 2012 at 01:12 AM
You are still not seeing the real issue here!! Herbert is now a fugitive of the law, he is wanted for questioning. He needs to surrender, and do the right thing. Just as you're accusing us of to quick to judge, you're too quick to defend. Herbert has put himself in a much worse situation by eluding law enforcement! What difference does it make if you have only heard about the mother?? That comment right there shows your complete ignorance of this type situation!
Jasmine September 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I have been very involved in high school wrestling for a long time.. not since the last couple years. I am very aware of what goes on in wrestling and how (very rarely in my experience) a parent can react. However, this isn't a case of a mother over-reacting after seeing their child in practice. This her asking her 14 year old son (who, if we go by the 2007-09 date, was 9-11 at the time) if anything happened in the past and him responding yes. She has a responsibility to him to see this through. More people will come forward.. plenty of which will just be parents who want to make sure certain wrestling contact was normal. They will be weeded by the special victims bureau, who have plenty of experience with these type of allegations. The truth will come out, but it can't if Herbert does not come forward. It cannot be said that he does not have a chance to defend himself when he is hiding. And if there is someone helping him, they are very wrong. If you think someone is falsely accused, then stand with them in court.. because if you help someone avoid authorities and it turns out to be true, I don't know how you could forgive yourself.
Bandit September 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Branson I am not sure if you are familiar with our Justice System in California, but its the other way around my friend. Every one who comes from a poor economic backround or is a minority is Guilty until proven other wise. Key word is not Justice but ("just Us"). My personal opinion is he thought about what he did and realized that if convicted he would be in California's. La County 9600 block where he would not stand a chance with the South Siders who frown upon activities such as this one in the county jail, he would need to Pc up and then there is really no guarantee for his protection. Just remember that for every action there is a reaction whether good or bad.
Bandit September 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
My apologies its Bronson
Bandit September 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
youtube videos don't lie!
Bandit September 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
cindylu what in the world are you doing ?
Ashley September 09, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Bronson, Child Molesters always go after kids that do not have a Father figure in their life. It's so sad that you get so defensive on what is being posted by Us Parents that have children. My Son was also in that Wrestling program and it gives me the chills to know that he came in close contact with someone that is being accused of this HORRIBLE crime. So in regards to your statement "Where's the father?" Are you calling him out on this? What difference does it make. A Child Molester is a Child Molester. Don't try to blame single mothers for doing their job as a parent and protecting their kids!
SgtJackWagon October 11, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Ahhhhhh yes, Cindylu thinks that Patch is a swap meet to peddle all that trash. I just click the "inappropriate" button. I guess everyone could advertise on Patch, just like Cindylu does. What a mess that would create.
TheAngel December 09, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Herbert is a hardworking, very committed individual whose only goal was to follow Coach Madrigal's foot steps and give back to Rosemead as Coach did for him. There are two people accusing him, the guy Maynor (20 years old), and a guy Jesse (18 years old), rumor is that they are both gay and interested in getting more than just 15 minutes of fame. Everybody at Rosemead HS knows that Jesse's mother has cried wolf nearly about every coach she cannot sleep with. This is the case of the irrational mother.

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