Walnut Creek Police Arrest Man for Attempted Sex Crimes Against Children

February 27, 2013 17:12 pm · 39 comments

A 29-year-old Walnut Creek man has been arrested for attempted sex crimes against children at Walnut Creek Intermediate.

Walnut Creek Police (WCPD) says the suspect has been identified as Ariel Romero Ortigoza.

The following information is from WCPD:

On 2/24/13, parents of Walnut Creek Intermediate School students reported to the Walnut Creek Police Department that their minor daughters were receiving lewd and lascivious text and Facebook messages from an unknown adult male. The male suspect was also attempting to arrange meetings with the juveniles to engage in sex acts. Detectives worked with school administrators and were able to identify additional juvenile victims that had received similar communications.

Detectives were able to identify the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant and a search warrant for his residence. On 2/27/13, the warrants were served and the suspect was arrested and evidence of the crimes was seized.

The suspect was booked at Walnut Creek Police Department and transported to Contra Costa County Jail where he is being held on $65,000.00 bail. The charges were 288.2PC- Sending Harmful Matter to a Minor with the Intent to Seduce, 288.3 PC Contact/Communicate with a Minor with the Intent to Commit a Sex Act, and 288.4 PC Attempt to Meet a Minor to Engage in Lewd or Lascivious Behavior.

Anyone with further information regarding this case or suspect is encouraged to contact Walnut Creek Police Department, Detective Keagy at 925-943-5881.

Also today, Walnut Creek Intermediate Principal Mike Cannon sent the following message to all parents/guardians:

Dear WCI Families,

I have two separate incidents to relay to you that have occurred over the past two days.

#1 – Today, a female student was followed on the Iron Horse trail when she was walking to school. The student ran to safety, and WCI administrators and the WCPD were immediately contacted. Walnut Creek PD quickly put an officer on the trail and spoke with the student about the situation. The male was described as Hispanic, in his early 30’s, wore a gray sweatshirt with his hood on and was clean shaven.

#2- The Walnut Creek PD contacted WCI administrators on 2/26/12 regarding inappropriate messages sent through social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Kik) to female students at WCI. Today, the WCPD was able to apprehend the person who contacted these female students.

Please take this time to remind your student to walk in groups to and from school when possible. Also, speak with your child about internet safety and how they should alert an adult immediately if they receive inappropriate material, especially from a stranger.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.


Mike Cannon
Principal, Walnut Creek Intermediate

Be careful!

Howard K. Mullins III February 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Once convicted he should be put to death.

I prefer stoning, but I really don’t care how its done, just do it.

Vindex February 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Death penalty or life in prison since he wasn’t successful… Thankfully

Suzanne February 27, 2013 at 5:38 PM

$65,000!?!?! That’s NOTHING!!! Make it a million, NO ONE wants that guy on the street!!! Except, apparently, the judge!!

The Closer February 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Another hoodie involved offense. Nothing good comes from under the hood.

On the #2 incident,did he really think he wouldn’t get caught posting on Facebook. What a loser.

Anon February 27, 2013 at 6:09 PM

This is all very confusing. In Mexico it is legal to marry a 12 year old. So, por kay?

andrew February 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Shouldn’t parents also be aware of what their kids are posting on the social networks? I doubt that many parents know, or have any control over their kids’ electronic devices. Kids need to know that whatever they post is seen by the world.

g3n0cid3 February 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Who here reading this thinks he is an illegal alien. If he is, then i would say that would mean Obama, and most of the Democratic party wants him here. I’m sure there’s a couple of Republicans vying for amnesty also. Say goodbye to democracy once that happens. You will have a guaranteed 90% Democrat vote from over 20 million plus, illegals. And the way as it looks now is that the demos are at the early stages of communism. Back to this pig, I say

Big Al February 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Cut off his weiner and hang the basterd.

CatWoman February 27, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Thank God these kids had the sense to tell their parents!

Anon2 February 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Was he an employee at WCI? How did he know the names of the girls and who to “friend” on facebook or other social media?

Tummy grumble February 27, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I agree w/ Suzanne that $65k is a joke. If he can post that bail he will be out and have access to the internet and be in contact with more children.

Ron Sauce February 27, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Where’s that guy always saying “keep your trash in Concord” ?

I’ll take the bums and hoodies over a chil mo any day. You can keep ’em in the creek.

Claytown February 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Good to get the word out. If he’s found, I’ll volunteer to give him a hair cut with my belt sander.

lesergicaciddiethlemide February 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM
Cowellian February 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I don’t give him credit for not succeeding. Take a chainsaw to him.

Martinez February 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Don’t worry. When he gets sent to jail he will have some attempted sex crimes happen to his anus.

Cartman February 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Boil him.

anonanonagain February 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

These so called “men” can’t be fixed, I mean they can in that way but their minds are warped to be attracted to kids. Castration……….

Anon February 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM


A February 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Parents please talk to your kids about online stranger danger.
Don’t trust anyone you don’t know. Look on your kids Facebook page and see who they talk to on Kik.
I don’t let my kid go on Kik, nothing but strangers.

no1bartman February 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Sick SOB’s

Russ February 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Here’s a crazy thought: don’t let your kids use Facebook.
The only guy on the planet without Facebook (plus my wife and kids)

nytemuvr February 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM

@Big Al #8
Hang him first so more people can see…….

Vindex February 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I have a friend at WCI… This sicko doesn’t work there

Big Al February 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Hang the basterd. ECV.

anon February 28, 2013 at 5:48 AM

Too bad we couldn’t just flatten his tires and bust out his windshield…Ah heck, just shoot the mo fo. 13 yr old girls? Really?? I don’t care if his culture says they can have babies. They are girls! Anyone can see that!!!

anonymous February 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Is this guy the suspect in the Iron Horse Trail incident too?

The Mamba February 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Great job catching the creep, it sucks that little girls had to go through that experience just trying to get to school.

What Security February 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I ride my bicycle on the Iron trail and often wondered why I don’t see any police patrolling the area on Bicycles???

NutCreek Frontier February 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Wonder if this was the same guy that harassed a young girl who was on the trail a few months. He had a very distinct physical description: Latin and quite heavy for his height. Remember thinking someone built like that would really stand out running on the trail.

The Grant February 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

what is the deal with hispanic males and young girls?

anon21 February 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

@The Grant February 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM
what is the deal with hispanic males and young girls?

And what is the deal with older slightly badling WHITE men who think that all hispanics should be deported back to mexico, because they cannot possibly be us citizens. answer me that question first.

anon21 February 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

LOL love all the “tough guy” comments here….just let the police handle it and have the judge sentence him to a long prison term. no need for all of you to get your panties dirty.

Don't Censor Me Bro February 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Look up CCC sup court for bail schedules

Brad February 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

@TheGrant…a close friend of mine is a detective for crimes against children in a SoCal city, and he told me once that at least 75% of what he sees are Hispanic males on young female relatives. He said it’s just something that’s somewhat acceptable in their culture, and the majority of it goes unreported.

Don't Censor Me Bro February 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

@TG #31

The same as other people groups!

I guess it depends on what the definition of ‘is,’ is..

I know let’s ask the disbarred, impeached ex-pres, B. Clinton what he thinks.

The Grant February 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Brad: Thank you for the input

Anon21: We are not talking about old balding white men and their opinions on illegal aliens

Dont Censor Me Bro: Same would denote an equal relationship. One doesnt need to be a statistical genius to run modeling to find the correlation between race / ethnicity and this predatory behavior. Per Brad this behavior may be an accepted norm within their set culture.

Concernicus March 1, 2013 at 2:27 AM

@5: dorothy, you arent in kansas any more.

wanna diddle little kids? go the f**k back to mexico. pedrophilia es no bueno.

Concernicus March 1, 2013 at 2:28 AM

(and, yes, spelled it PEDROphilia on purpose. ;P)

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