Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Evan Ortiz Arrested for Sexually Abusing 14-year-old

A city man was arrested Friday afternoon for allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl and endangering the welfare of a 10-year-old girl.

Evan Ortiz, 51, of the 500 block of Sharp Street faces two counts of endangering the welfare of children/third degree and one charge of criminal sexual contact/fourth-degree.

Cumberland County Prosecutor Ronald Casella said Monday the sexual contact charge is in connection with the 14-year-old girl.

The endangerment charges are for both girls.

Casella said Ortiz is familiar with the two girls in the case. The time period for the alleged was November 2007.

Superior Court Judge John Waters set bail at $35,000 for Ortiz. He was taken to county jail.

The next step is to present the case to a county grand jury.

Casella said Ortiz could face a total of five to 10 years on the charges, if convicted.

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