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Press Release: Sexual Assault
Agency: Palm Desert Station
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: 03/28/2019 Time: 3:45 PM
Incident Date: 11/26/2018 Time: 4:18 PM
Incident Location: 100 block of Clearwater Way, Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Shaun Myers
File Number(s): S183300042


Samuel Ortega

On Monday, November 26, 2018, deputies from the Palm Desert Station received a call for service within the 100 block of Clearwater Way in the city of Rancho Mirage. Deputies learned of circumstances regarding a possible sexual assault of a minor. Investigators from the Palm Desert Station assumed the investigation and located evidence which corroborated accusations of sexual assault.

On January 24, 2019, investigators from the Palm Desert Station arrested Samuel Ortega, a 59-year-old resident of Cathedral City. Mr. Ortega was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for Lewd Acts with a Child Under the Age of 14.  Due to the age of the victim and sensitivity of the investigation, no additional information is available for release.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding the investigation is encouraged to contact the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau at (760) 836-1600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.



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