Merry Christmas: Alleged Perv Cites "Head Injury" as Reason for Molesting Girlfriend's 9-Year-Old Daughter -- Next to a Christmas Tree
An alleged Phoenix pervert is behind bars on suspicion of spreading some unwanted Christmas (ahem) cheer -- cops say he molested his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter as she was lying down next to a Christmas tree.
Luis Mejia Ortiz was arrested yesterday after admitting to the girl's mother -- his girlfriend -- and police that he had touched the girl's vagina on four occasions, including a December 2 incident, in which he did so next to the family's Christmas tree. He told police it "got him excited."
Ortiz claims he only touched the girl's vagina over the clothes, but the girl tells a different story.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, the girl told her mother that between August and December, there were three incidents, in which Ortiz touched her breasts under the clothes and inserted something into her vagina. In one case, she told police, he tried to put his penis into her vagina but she pushed him away.
She says all the attacks happened at her parent's house while her mother was at work.
The 9-year-old victim also told police that she saw Ortiz get on top of her 5-year-old sister while wearing nothing but his underwear. The girl says she heard him mention something about "how cold it was."
The 5-year-old told police that Ortiz inserted "something" into her vagina, as well.
Earlier this month, the 9-year-old told her mother and grandmother what had been going on with mommy's boyfriend. The mother called the cops who arranged a confrontation call.
During the call, Ortiz admitted to touching the girls. When police went to pick up Ortiz, his brother told officers Ortiz said he knew what he did was wrong and he'd fled to Mexico. The brother told cops Ortiz wanted to turn himself in.
Ortiz was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail yesterday. He admitted to molesting the girls and told cops he would touch the 5-year-old before she went to school.
When he was arrested, Ortiz told police he "wasn't right" because of a previous head injury.
He's been charged with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of sexual abuse, one count of child molestation, and one count of public sexual indecency. He's being held without bail.
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