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Former Sedgefield Elementary janitor arrested for sex offense with student

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A former janitor at Sedgefield Elementary School in Greensboro was arrested on Saturday for a sex offense with a student.

Jose Licinio Portillo-Urrutia, 47, of Greensboro, resigned from his job on Friday.

The alleged incident took place in June 2010, but was not reported to police until recently when the alleged victim came forward.

In court, a Greensboro detective told a judge the 11 year old girl accusing Portillo-Urrutia was a student at Sedgefield Elementary when she said the abuse took place.

The girl told the detective that Portillo-Urrutia took her in the school bathroom and touched her inappropriately on the chest and elsewhere.

She told the detective this happened multiple times over a two week period in June of 2010.

The alleged victim told the detective Portilo-Urrutia told her not to tell anyone about what happened or he would hurt her family.

The girl and her family have since moved to New Jersey.

Portillo-Urrutia was charged with first-degree sex offense with a child, indecent liberties with a student and crime against nature, according to arrest warrants.

According to the detective, Portillo-Urrutia has been in the United States for more than 20 years and has been married for about that same amount of time.

He had worked as a janitor at Sedgefield Elementary for five years before resigning Friday.

According to the GPD detective, Portillo-Urrutia denied any incident had ever happened.

He was placed in the Guilford County jail under a $75,000 bond. Monday the judge raised that bond to $500,000. His next court date is planned for Jan. 9.

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