A New Mexico man is in the Finney County Jail on charges of rape and attempted rape involving two Garden City girls between 2008 and 2011. The girls were younger than 14 at the time.
Olvin Ortega, 27, of Anthony, N.M. was extradited from New Mexico on Dec. 13 on an outstanding warrant. The charges list four counts of the rape of a minor under 14 years of age and one count of attempted rape of a minor under 14 at a residence in Garden City.
Ortega appeared in court for his second hearing Friday for a status check.
On the first two counts, in court documents, Ortega is accused of having sex with two minor females between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008. The document lists a third count with one of the minor children between Jan. 1, 2009 and April 28, 2010, and a fourth count with the same child between April 29, 2010 and June 20, 2011. All counts were classified as rape, a felony.
A fifth count of attempted rape, also a felony, was listed in the charges as having occurred between July 1 and Nov. 30 2011.
Ortega was a Garden City resident at the time.
The judge assigned Ortega’s case to the office of the public defender. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment, with a chance of parole after 25 years.
Judge Ricklin Pierce explained that the penalty was set forth under Jessica’s Law, a California statute that 42 other states including Kansas have adopted. Under the law, longer penalties for specified sex offenses were established.
Ortega heard his charges through an interpreter.
“I don’t understand,” he said.
The judge told him it would be best to wait until he met the public defender to ask any further questions.
The case was assigned to Judge Robert Frederick. Ortega is to appear before Frederick at 9:40 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Finney County Courthouse.
At his first hearing on Dec. 8, Ortega’s bond was set at $400,000 cash or corporate surety. He had said he would hire an attorney, waiving counsel of the court, but on Thursday said he had not found one. That led to the rescheduling for Friday.
The Garden City Police Department’s incident report also lists allegations from 2006 in Louisiana. Capt. Randy Ralston of the local department’s Office of Professional Standards explained that those accusations were recorded as having happened at “unknown city in Louisiana” on the report, after authorities there brought them up.
“That was an agency assist. He would have to be tried there if authorities requested it,” Ralston said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story included the address where the alleged incidents took place. The address has since been removed.