On the same day Cancún is awarded distinction of America's Top Travel Destination
The family arrived in Quintana Roo on January 14, and was lodging at the Grand Parnassus Hotel. About 8:00 p.m. hotel maintenance man Gustavo Osorio Ortiz, 32, went to the family's guest room, allegedly to fix a broken plumbing fixture in the bathroom. The girl, who was alone, admitted him. After working in the bathroom for a few minutes, Osorio Ortiz, who speaks only a few words of English, motioned for the girl to come into the bathroom to inspect the repairs. When she did so, he grabbed her and sexually assaulted her with his fingers, according to a statement she gave after the events. Authorities did not identify the girl.
When the girl's parents returned a short time later, they notified authorities. Police arrested Osorio Ortiz on the hotel grounds. He is charged with rape of a minor, and the case has been assigned to a special sex crimes unit of the Q.R. state prosecutor's office.
According to company website promotional material, the Grand Parnassus Cancún is a premier, five star resort in the city's plush hotel zone, which extends along several miles of Caribbean ocean front.
The alleged assault occurred on the same day that Cancún tourism officials proudly announced that the city had once again won the prestigious designation of America's Top Travel Destination in 2011. Orbitz Worldwide, the Chicago-based internet travel agency, made the selection based upon reservations placed through its online system between January 1 and December 31, 2011.
On January 6, Quintana Roo state tourism officials announced that more than 13 million visitors arrived in Cancún in 2011, the majority of them from Canada, the United States and Europe. They also said the major Gold Coast resorts - Cancún, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Isla de Mujeres - have collectively become the premier tourist destination for Mexican and Latin American travelers in recent months.
American student nearly killed in brutal Cancún assault tells his story to NBC: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/03/american-student-who-was-nearly-killed.html#more.
2012 Spring Breakers cancel Cancún travel plans: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/03/spring-break-nears-but-us-students-are.html#more.
Why are Los Zetas spies hanging out near Cancún hotel zone?: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/02/southern-zetas-operate-in-cancuns-hotel.html.
Mexico's Riviera Maya in the hands of drug cartels and extortionists: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/02/mexicos-caribbean-riviera-maya-in-hands.html.
Related links on Cancún and Riviera Maya security issues:
Two women executed in Isla de Mujeres hotel room: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/10/two-women-executed-in-plush-isla-de.html;
15 year old boy arrested in murder case: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/10/arrest-made-in-isla-de-mujeres-murder.html;
Hotel rooms empty on Isla de Mujeres: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/10/empty-hotel-rooms-on-isla-de-mujeres.html;
53 year old mother of drug hit man is found decapitated in Cancún: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/10/woman-53-decapitated-in-cancun-police.html;
Los Zetas taking over Gold Coast: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/10/los-zetas-are-taking-over-cancun-playa.html;
More deadly attacks in Quintana Roo: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-deadly-attacks-in-quintana-roo.html;
Gold Coast narco murder: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/09/presumed-narco-murder-on-mexicos-famed.html;
Chief of Tourist Police executed in Playa del Carmen: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/09/chief-of-tourist-police-executed-in.html.