CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Coral Police Department Arrests Officer
(April 30, 2014)- On April 30, 2014, Detectives with the Cape Coral Police Department arrested Casey M. Ortiz, 34 YOA, on a warrant charging 2 counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Certain Minor – FSS 794.05. Ortiz has been a Police Officer with the Cape Coral Police Department since 01/09/2006.
This investigation began on February 02, 2014, when the parents of the victim contacted the Cape Coral Police Department to file a report alleging that that their daughter, who was 16 at the time, had engaged in sexual activity with an unknown Cape Coral Police Officer. This was immediately assigned to a Detective to thoroughly investigate.
As with other cases of this nature, the Cape Coral Police Department worked closely with the Child Protection Team as well as the State Attorney’s Office. The victim was interviewed at CPT on February 4, 2014. Based on the information gathered during the interview, Ortiz was identified as the Officer involved. Subsequently, Ortiz was relieved of duty.
On February 11, 2014, Detectives executed a search warrant at the home of Ortiz. Ortiz, who was at the Cape Coral Police Department at that time, was also served with a body warrant at the station.
In addition, during the investigation, warrants were obtained for Ortiz’s cellphone to corroborate details provided by the victim.
On March 20, 2014, Cape Coral Police Detectives completed their investigation and submitted a warrant request to the SAO.
On April 30, 2014, the warrant was approved by Judge Maria Gonzalez. At 11:00 AM, Ortiz was contacted by Detectives and he came to the Cape Coral Police Department where he turned himself in to Detectives.
Ortiz was transported to Lee County Jail in apparent good health.
Once the criminal case is concluded, the Cape Coral Police Department will conduct its own Internal Affairs investigation, per policy and state statute.
"As we report today that one of our own was arrested for breaking the law by victimizing a member of our community, I stress that these types of cases are rare and should not reflect negatively on the men and women who protect and serve our citizens on a daily basis. This investigation was initiated by the Cape Coral Police Department, and immediate action was taken to ensure Mr. Ortiz was removed from duty. The incident has been thoroughly and properly investigated, and Mr. Ortiz was placed under arrest. We will continue to work with the State Attorney’s Office, the victim, and the victim’s family to ensure justice is served and closure for all."- Bart Connelly, Chief of Police.
ARRESTED: Casey M. Ortiz, W/M, 34 YOA, of Cape Coral, FL
CHARGES: Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Certain Minor – FSS 794.05 (two counts)
The case has now been turned over to the State Attorney's Office. To protect the sanctity of the criminal case and any potential future internal investigations, the Cape Coral Police Department will have to refer any additional requests regarding this case to the SAO.