Monday, September 12, 2016
Revenge Porn Suspect Arrested NR16284jhReseda: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Division, Sex Crimes Unit detectives have arrested 32-year-old Sergio Ortiz. Ortiz was arrested for 647(j)4 A of the Penal Code - Distribute Private Image of Intimate Body Part(s) of Another. Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating additional individuals who may have been victims of Sergio Ortiz.
Sergio Ortiz has been charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office with uploading a video of himself and the victim having sexual intercourse onto an online pornographic website. The victim did not agree to her image being uploaded onto the Internet and was only made aware of the video through a co-worker. The victim is suffering tremendous emotional distress and humiliation at work, as well as among friends and family, after Ortiz posted the video of the two of them having sexual intercourse.
Ortiz met the victim through an online dating website. At some point, they mutually agreed to have sex together, and Ortiz took the victim back to his residence. While having sex, he began to video the victim who reluctantly agreed. However, the victim told Ortiz to delete the video afterwards. After the victim severed ties with Ortiz, he uploaded a video of them having sex onto an adult website without her consent.
The investigation reveals that Ortiz uploaded additional pornographic videos and images of other women, all of whom have not been identified. It is not known at this time whether these women consented to having these videos uploaded and made public on the Internet.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 255, or the "Revenge Porn" bill, on October 1, 2013. The law makes it a crime to post sexually explicit pictures or videos online of another person without his or her permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or to publicly humiliate the victim. With the explosion of smart phone technology and the prevalence of social networking, the increase of "Revenge Porn" has become an alarming social phenomenon.
Anyone with information about additional victims is asked to call West Valley Division Detective Navarro or Detective Toosbuy, West Valley Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 374-7713 or (818) 374-7718. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.