Soquel man arrested for child sex crimes


SANTA CRUZ—Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a Soquel man suspected of more than a dozen counts of sexual assault of a child.

Luis Ortiz, 59, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to Sheriff’s spokeswoman Ashley Keehn, the crimes occurred over a period of more than 10 years at various social occasions involving family and friends. 

Three victims have come forward, and detectives are looking for additional victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call 454-7647.