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Records show California guard fired after teen sex assault

August 29, 2019

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Records released under California’s new police transparency law show a former state corrections officer was fired last year after he was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 2014.

KQED News reported Thursday that Nathan Ortega of Vacaville allegedly met the girl online, telling her he was 31.

According to the records, she told him she wanted to escape an abusive home; Ortega told the girl he could protect her because he was a prison guard. The two allegedly began texting and exchanging sexually explicit messages and photos.

Ortega was charged with six felony counts including sexual assault of a minor and contacting a minor to commit a felony.

Corrections officials fired him in November for dishonesty.

Ortega’s attorney, Thomas Maas, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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