By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
An arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old Enid man charged last week with soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.
Salvador Ortiz Jr., 22, was charged Friday with the felony and a warrant for $50,000 issued for his arrest.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, on March 20 Sgt. Dustin Albright, with the Enid Police Department Crimes Against Children task force, was conducting investigations into the online exploitation of children.
Albright saw an online classified ad seeking sexual conduct in Enid. The poster of the ad also states, “im 21 yrs old and open to any age.” The ad also includes the line, “I have a place or can go to you; ) text for pics. Im also very open minded:)”
Albright replied to the advertisement via text message. About 1 a.m. March 21, Albright received a reply stating, “Very open minded;) sorry it took so long im on a job.
Albright responded he was 14 years old. The poster then began asking for photos and Albright responded he did not have a phone capable of sending pictures, and asked for an email address.
Albright received an email from Salvador Ortiz from a yahoo.com account, according to the affidavit. The message stated, “Heres what a real man looks like;)” and included two pictures of an erection. The message was marked Yahoo! Mail on Android, which meant it was sent from a smart phone.
Albright obtained a search warrant for subscriber information for the email address and found it belonged to Ortiz, with a birthday of April 7, 1991, according to the affidavit.
Albright spoke with Ortiz at his place of employment and he confirmed his birthday was April 7, 1991. Albright then asked for his cellphone number and Ortiz provided a number that matched the one Albright had been communicating with via text messages.
Ortiz denied ever texting back and forth with someone be believed to be a minor, according to the affidavit. Ortiz’s phone was seized and taken into evidence.
Ortiz’s boss was able to provide a work ticket showing where Ortiz was during the investigation. It showed he left the shop with a crew at 2:30 p.m. March 20 and arrived at their destination at about 4:30 p.m. It then showed the crew left about 9:30 a.m. March 21 and returned to the Enid shop at about 11:30 a.m. Ortiz was texting with Albright at about 1 a.m. March 21.
Albright spoke with the four other members of the work crew and asked if they had ever used Ortiz’s cellphone. All of them said they had never used his phone. There was no one else with Ortiz on the job site.
Albright obtained a search warrant for Ortiz’s phone April 25 and located evidence of his undercover investigation, according to the affidavit. He found images of an erection similar to the ones sent to him during the investigation.
Ortiz faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000, if convicted.