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      Adult day care driver accused of sexually abusing mentally challenged woman

      Luz Ortiz

      A former adult day care driver is behind bars after being accused of sexually abusing a mentally challenged woman in his care.

      Cameron County Sheriff TMs Department deputies arrested 61-year-old Luz Arcos Ortiz on Tuesday.

      Ortiz was arrested on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person.

      Court records obtained by Action 4 News show Ortiz is accused of sexually abusing a 40-year-old mentally challenged woman.

      Court Records

      The incident happened back in February 2012 when Ortiz was a driver for the Cario II Adult Day Care off Maverick Road in the Southmost area of Brownsville.

      Records show that Ortiz was supposed to drive the woman to a doctor TMs appointment with Dr. Miguel A. Molinas off Southmost Road.

      But Ortiz allegedly stopped the company van off Stanolind Drive where the woman said he sexually abused her with his fingers.

      Ortiz allegedly tried to get the woman to give him oral sex but she told him no.

      Boyfriend and Girlfriend

      According to court records, Ortiz told the mentally challenged woman that they were boyfriend and girlfriend.

      Ortiz allegedly said it is what boyfriends and girlfriends do and that it was private and she should not tell anybody.

      But staff members at the doctor TMs office told deputies that the woman appeared visibly distraught and told them what happened.

      The woman made an outcry about two weeks after the alleged incident prompting an investigation.

      After more than a year of the case remaining pending, records show that the woman was interview by a forensic expert last week.

      Ortiz said the woman had him confused for another driver, according to court records.

      Behind Bars

      Although the Carios II Adult Day Care has since closed, Action 4 News tried to contact its former owner for comment.

      The owner did not return a telephone call for comment.

      Court records show that Ortiz had a previous criminal history that included a DWI back in 1978.

      Ortiz appeared before Cameron County Magistrate Court Judge Alfredo Cordova on Wednesday morning.

      The former driver remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under a $50,000 bond.