USA Swimming Adds Steven Ortiz to Permanently Banned List

Steven Ortiz has been added to USA Swimming’s banned list. The former high school coach is banned for life by the U.S. Center for SafeSport

Ortiz, 58, coached swimming as well as track & field for more than 20 years at high schools in California.

He was arrested in May, charged with sexual misconduct with a minor.

The incident, reported by the VictorVille Daily Press, was arrested in connection with a 15-year-old boy who went missing on April 24. Authorities say Ortiz found the boy and promised to take him to a homeless shelter, but instead, took him to Ortiz’s house and provided the boy with alcohol and engaging in sexual acts with him, according to the Daily Press. The boy returned home the next day and said that Ortiz had picked him up.

Ortiz’s lifetime ban began on May 23.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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