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Man gets probation for criminal sexual conduct conviction

Manuel Hernandez Ortiz, 27, was sentenced to 10 years of probation for felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct – victim under 13 – actor more than 36 months older – on Thursday in Mower County District Court. He received credit for 193 days served.

Manuel Hernandez Ortiz, 27

Ortiz pled guilty to the charge on Dec. 16 as part of a plea agreement.

Judge Jeffrey Kritzer issued the sentence

Court documents state police were alerted on Oct. 7 about an allegation of criminal sexual conduct reported at an Austin school. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, had disclosed she had been inappropriately touched by Ortiz, who was known to her.

A detective and Mower County Child Protective Services worker interviewed the victim, who was reluctant to speak because she was concerned she would not be believed and that Ortiz would call her “a liar.” She said the first time Ortiz touched her inappropriately happened three months earlier in a bathroom, and that another incident had occurred the previous weekend. In that incident, she said she got away from Ortiz and locked herself in a room.

The victim indicated Ortiz had not touched her under her clothes.

Ortiz denied touching the victim, saying he was never alone with her.

In addition to probation, Ortiz must follow 27 conditions, including registering as a predatory offender. Failure to follow the conditions could result in 36 months in prison.