Man charged with sexually assaulting juvenile changes plea

Published 8:01 am Sunday, February 19, 2017

A 27-year-old Austin resident has changed his plea for engaging in sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl.

David Ortiz-Reyes pleaded guilty to felony second degree-criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 13 on Friday in Mower County District Court, while three first-degree criminal sexual conduct counts were dismissed.

David Ortiz-Reyes

David Ortiz-Reyes

According to a court complaint, on the morning of Sept. 25, 2016, a woman awoke to use the bathroom of an Austin residence and went to check on the victim only to find the door locked. After getting a key, she found towels shoved against the bottom of the door making it difficult to open.

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She entered the room to find the victim in bed with Ortiz-Reyes. The woman struck the two with a broom because she was upset.

The incident wasn’t initially reported to police. However, on Sept. 26, 2016, the woman went to Austin Public Schools staff, who contacted police on her behalf.

The victim was initially believed to be traveling to Wisconsin with a relative, but police contacted them and they returned so the victim could talk with authorities and receive medical attention at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester – St. Marys Campus.

Ortiz-Reyes is scheduled of be sentenced on May 18.