Sexual Assault Arrest

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On September 5, 2019, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Special Victim’s Section arrested 57-year-old Richard Ortega for Sexual Assault and Unlawful Sexual Contact.

CSPD detectives first learned of Ortega on May 30, 2019, when several females reported that he sexually assaulted them during what Ortega purported as “holistic healing sessions.” Through their investigate efforts over the next few months, detectives were able to contact additional victims and gather sufficient information leading to Ortega’s arrest.

It is believed Ortega met most of his victims through events and community groups associated with the Native American community, and often identified himself as a “Native American shaman.”

Since Ortega’s arrest earlier this month, detectives have worked diligently to identify all of his potential victims; however, there is still a possibility there may be more. While we are unable to release the mugshot of Ortega at this time to ensure the integrity of potential future identifications, we ask that if you are a victim of a similar situation and/or believe you were possibly a victim of Ortega, please call the CSPD at (719) 444-7000.