Ortlip was convicted of indecently assaulting the boy inside a Pine Street, Tamaqua apartment building in February 2011 where the child was staying during a sleep-over. "My son actually called him Uncle Mikey. My son looked up to him like an uncle. I trusted him." Her son suffers from a mild form of autism. The sexual assault has taken a toll. "My son is a mess. My son has nightmares. He can't sleep. He has issues going outside and playing because he's afraid that Michael is going to show up," she said. "He tried to commit suicide twice," and added "He's only 11 and it's too much for him to handle.
Michael Ortlip was staying with his sister, Cathy, inside 214 Pine Street. She has since moved out of Schuylkill County. The question still remains -- where is Michael Ortlip?" While authorities try to determine his whereabouts to begin serving a one to two year state prison sentence, the victim's mother makes an impassioned plea. "Get him off the streets before he hurts another child. My son doesn't sleep at night. He has to crawl in bed with me. He's 11-years-old and doesn't feel safe unless he's in bed with me. Just don't let him do it to another child."
Michael Ortlip is now listed in the National Crime Information Center Database. Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Noon says police have followed-up reports of possible sightings of Ortlip at the Pottsville Library and even Atlantic City without finding him. The victim's mother believes Ortlip is still in Schuylkill County and urges anyone who sees him to call 911.