On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Ottumwa Police Department received a call from personnel from the Ottumwa Community School District regarding a high school teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
As a result of the investigation, the Ottumwa Police Department subsequently arrested Jose De Jesus Ortiz Jr. age 26, of 1532 W. Finley, Apt. 19, Ottumwa, with Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor, Therapist, or School Employee, a Class “D” Felony.
Ortiz is currently being held in the Wapello County jail on $5,000 bond.
Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”