^
Keep New Times Free
4
| Crime |

Luis Mejia Ortiz Claimed Head Injury Caused Him to Molest 9-Year-Old. Now He's Going to Prison

Admitted pederast Luis Mejia Ortiz was in Maricopa County Superior Court today, where he was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he molested his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter on several occasions.

In all, Ortiz pleaded guilty to one count of child molestation and three counts of attempted child molestation. Initially, Ortiz was 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.

In addition to the prison time, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Ortiz to lifetime probation and ordered that he register as a sex offender for life.

If you ask Ortiz why he molested the girl, he claims it's because he suffered a head injury.

Ortiz was arrested in December 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 of 2010, 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.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

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 surrendered to police and admitted to molesting the girls. He 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.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.