Torres Coached Thousands of Long Island Children

Felony complaint revealed; police reach out to leaders of athletic leagues and school districts where he coached.

accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl in Plainview on two occasions, spent 10 years working in his position for the and coached thousands of Long Island children, town officials and police said.

That chilling fact has Nassau County Police fearful that other children may have been victimized by the former New York Yankee, whose indictment contains of the accusations leveled against him. The so-called "felony complaint" describes explicit details of Torres exposing himself to the child and having her touch him inappropriately. (See attached PDF file; Warning: graphic content.)

In addition, Torres was hired by the town in May, 2002, despite having served five years probation on felony drug possession counts. The charges dated to 1985.

Nassau Police Detective Sgt. Robert J. Matedero confirmed Thursday that special victims officers are reaching out to league organizers to see if others have been victimized. He said the investigation is ongoing, given Torres' decade-long access to young children.

Torres' lawyer, Scott Carrigan of Garden City, said Wednesday his client vehemently denies the charges. Torres was released from the Nassau County Jail Thursday on $50,000 bail. He at his home in North Massapequa. Carrigan declined further comment Thursday.

Over a 10-year period while employed by the Town of Oyster Bay, Torres worked as an advisor and youth baseball coach to thousands of children at various training clinics and at summer youth baseball and softball leagues, town officials said. He would travel to indoor clinics held in school gymnasiums and coach kids at youth baseball games in Syosset, Plainview, Farmingdale and Massapequa, among others.

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At least one Plainview-area parent told Patch both her children attended separate clinics where Torres was present. The parent said her daughter attended several sessions in Hicksville during the winter. The parent's son was at a baseball camp two summers ago in Farmingdale and still has Torres' autograph.

In both instances, Torres was big on signing autographs, and would sign for anyone who asked, the parent said. Torres also participated in a Middle School, dressed in a Yankee uniform and vintage cap.

His full-time town job, which included indoor coaching sessions during the winter months, including in Plainview, paid $83,000 annually. His was the only such coaching position in any sport on the town payroll, said Phyllis Barry, a spokeswoman for the town.

Barry said the town is continuing to cooperate with law enforcement officials about the extent of contact Torres may have had with young children over that period of time.

Torres had a full schedule year round, Barry said, working in school venues and on playing fields where various leagues requested his advice on playing and hitting. He is also a co-founder of Winning Beyond Youth, a fitness and personal growth organization.

Barry said she didn't know whether Torres was a member of any town union. She could not say why Torres was hired despite his drug conviction, for which he served 5-years probation. Barry said she would look into the town's policy on hiring convicted felons, but did not immediately know the answer.

was charged Tuesday in connection with two separate incidents of sex abuse involving the 8-year old girl that occurred in Plainview. He is charged with abusing the child on two different occassions, once on April 30 and again on May 7, police said.

Torres, who played parts of two seasons during the 1970s with the Yankees, told arresting officers he was "sorry" for the incidents and "stopped himself" before further damage was done to his victim, court documents revealed.

A native of Puerto Rico, Torres grew up in Queens and was drafted by the Yankees in 1966. He hit five home runs and 16 RBI in 89 career games as a Yankee outfielder in 1971-72. He spent a total of nine years in the major leagues with several teams.

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concerned citizen May 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
guilty.. drug abuser.... guilty DWI... and about to be guilty of child molestation.. stop trying to play this abuser in all aspects as an innocent guy .. drugs are bad... drinking and driving is bad.. this next escalation is just a further fall from grace.. and hopefully his last and he will see 4 walls for a long long time..
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
@ Tricia. Mr. Torres is the only coach of any kind on the payroll. @ RobRun: I agree and understand completely what you're saying. Mr. Torres is "accused" of these crimes, not "guilty" of them as determined by a court of law. However, I would refer you and others to the specific document attached to this. It contains very specific and graphic accusations.
KA May 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
This is a good lesson for kids AND parents to learn....there are people out there who can harm your child! My kid did Rusty's clinics for 3 years and I never saw anything inappropriate at that time. However, I also never left my child there alone (unlike other parents). At that time, I felt he was too young and I also wanted to just be there and watch. Even though I never saw anything with my child or any other child that could be deemed inappropriate, it doesn't mean it couldn't have happened on the occasion that I just didn't go to a clinic that day. I would never believe this could be true but just reading what was said by Rusty, it sounds like he is admitting wrongdoing but also saying he didn't do anything. I believe something was done and was not appropriate. This is a good lesson to teach kids...that just because you THINK you know a person and they seem nice, etc, they aren't always what they seem! You can never be to careful and you can't just blindly trust anyone. If you think something doesn't seem right, SPEAK UP and tell someone! When I first heard about this I immediately thought it can't be true but further information that has been coming out in the past few days, leads me to believe that something bad did happen and I just feel sorry for any kid who has to go through something like this...
marco marrero May 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I'm amazed at how people just read a story and assume its true. My understanding is mr. Torres denies ever making these so called statements that have been reported "on the attached document.". Need I remind everyone of the duke lacrosse kids or the guy in yesterdays daily news and post who was accussed of exposing himself to a kid,supposed video evidence that placed him at the scene, lost his job only, vilified in the community and newspapers only to have the charges dropped 3 months later because he wasn't guilty.
marco marrero May 12, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Also, find it extremely strange that the police would release the info that they have. Are they trying to try the case in the media perhaps? And when did newspapers start taking pictures of peoples houses and publishing those for crimes like these? Never seen that before. Are we publishing an independant investigation here or just puppets of the police.
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Marco: Thank you for your comments. Can I ask you something: Do you know Mr. Torres personally? If so, would you contact me and tell me what you know. Also, may I ask you are you politically active, or a member of one of the leagues Mr. Torres was involved in? I would like your insights on this matter.
KA May 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I have to agree with Marco..I don't know why they are publishing addresses and photo's of Rusty's house or anyone's residence for that matter when the case has not been to court, has not been prosecuted, etc. What if this turns out to be one big ugly mistake? I know the girl in question is underage but there is no information about her in the paper...no names, no photo of her house and no statement from her family or lawyer. That seems odd to me...almost as strange as if this incident first happened in April, why was she back at a clinic in May? Where were the parents? Did they know about what supposedly happened in April and were sending her back to set a trap? I understand that newspapers need to sell papers so they report stories but when they are full of half-truths or downright lies, it is damaging for that persons future for the rest of their life....
John May 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Rusty Torres is a great guy. For three years as a kid I attended his clinics and never once had anything of this sort happen. He turned me from a scrub to a good player and as a young kid that means a lot. Don't condemn him until the full story is out.
Dennis A May 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Rusty coached my son for a number of years and I have trouble believing this is true. When the facts come out (if they do), we will see then. But Rusty is innocent until proven guilty, and I support Rusty until we find out more.
steve kietz May 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Rusty coached my son when he was 17. since he is a boy and kind of old, Rusty was cool. He is a GOOD hitting coach, though
mlloyd01 May 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Joe. I have a question or two for you about your questions of marco? Are you worried that you didn't do enough due diligence before posting your story? Are you trying to discredit the motives ofa reader because you are concerned that these posts may undermine the credibility of your assertions? Freedom of the press is included in the same constitutional amendment as freedom of speech. If you can't stand the heat, maybe you should change professions. You come off as a bully. Mistakes do happen and individual liberty is worth protecting until a person is proven guilty.
Anonymous to protect the innocent May 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM
They reported it after they found out, which was only after the second incident. The victim's mother happens to be a close relative of mine and believe me everyone, the accusations are 100% true. All of you "he is a great guy"ers may be totally correct- he could have a wonderful, magnanimous personality, but that doesn't mean that deep down he's not a sick POS. Believe me, he is. Yes, he'll get his fair trial, and hopefully the jury won't be incompetent. But he's messed up this young girl's life (not to mention her parents'), and apparently others' as well. And however many people he's inspired or taught how to hit won't change the evil that he's done.
Anonymous to protect the innocent May 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Yes, a totally comparable situation. They put the words that he rubbed against her many times and exposed himself to her, but stopped himself before he harmed her in his mouth. Such an easily confusable admission.
fellow rican June 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
To Gary, what is appalling is your comment. What children are involved ? Who's lives have been damaged or destroyed ? Certainly not the accused nor his family. You should get 25 years to life along with the prosecution and the police for perverting the right to due process . If the police had found anything they would have been beating their drums and patting themselves on the back. Seems to me that he was possibly framed by the TOB officials for political or promotional agendas. Maybe he was falsely accused with a civil lawsuit to follow for the purpose of enlarging thier bank account.
fellow rican June 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
To concerned Citizen, you seem more concerned with influencing the public and demonizing the accused. As far as your concerned due process does not exist . You're a perfect front runner for a lynch mob. It seems as if you are one of the police or family member of the supposed victim trying to create a fictional past history for the ACCUSED. Get your facts straight or button it.
MTR June 05, 2012 at 10:21 PM
He should be in jail for life!
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 01:00 AM
So he should be in jail for life, really. False accusations don't happen in America, right. Police don't frame nor coerce people, right. Just because you say it will not make it so. It does however show the level of intelligence and understanding you have which indicates that you too missed the big yellow bus. Take care, for one day you too may be falsely accused and you will have those very words to chew on while your life is being ruined. Oh, I forgot, that kind of injustice doesn't happen in America, right!!!!!!!!!!!
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 05:13 AM
So, anonymous to protect the innocent, let me see if I understand your 100% truth. You say that the parents reported it to the police after the second incident, which is when you say they found out. Then the parents and the police sent her back third time in which they say it occurred again and he wasn't arrested. They let him finish his day and go home where incedently he was arrested quite some time later. I guess I am the only one who sees something wrong with this picture, right ! You also said that apparently there were others. Really, then why is it that the police stated that noone else has come forward. That was the obvious lie you said. Could it be that infact there are no others and nothing inappropriate actually occured, which is why he wasn't arrested on the spot in a routine manner when the alleged third incident took place.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Maybe all of the "he's a great guy" ers are right and you are wrong. Just because you say that you are a close relative of the mother and that the accusations are 100% true does not make it so. We know nothing about you, the girl nor her parents, especially your credibilities. What we do know is that a curiously questionable and sick form of investigation seems to have occured. Tell me, why would the parents ever agree to such an atrocity ? Which calls into question the supposed confession. Why would Mr Torres make such a confession, of which no hand written document nor audio/video recording was produced, then enter a plea of innocence. He held clinics for ten years training 100,000 kids and not one child was harmed.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 05:35 AM
You're correct in saying that deep down inside someone is a sick POS and evil has occured. However the actual evidence is not indicating that it was Mr Torres. Then tell me Ms or Mrs all knowing 100% truth, who could it be ? Yes, something indeed is wrong and it is pointing to you, your family, the police and the district attorney's office.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 06:14 AM
So, tell me KA, you have attended his clinics and you would never believe that this could be true but just reading what was said by Rusty, it sounds like he is admitting wrong doing but also saying he didn't do anything. Let's stop right there, because what follows tells me more about you than I care to know. What did Rusty actually say ? Or could it be that the supposed confession were not his words exactly. What we do know is that he plead innocent and that he was shocked upon learning of the accusations. Remember the central park jogged of which the police produced audio/vídeo confessions of the teens, which was shown on the news media. In truth they were innocent and never commited the crime nor was any DNA evidence found to link them to it.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 06:32 AM
There lives were ruined . The actual perpetrator had confessed soon afterward and in fact his DNA was the only one found at the seen and on her. But how could the police turn back and say they were innocent after coercing these confessions. Then the public would have known the dirty truth about those sworn to uphold the law. Those confessions were obtained without lawyers or thier parents present and they were minors. That violated there rights to due process. Something that I see most people commenting care little to nothing about. Or maybe they're just plain ignorant. WOW, 68 cents out of every dollar for education plainly wasted. So tell me do any of you know it alls know if Rusty had a lawyer present when this so called confession was made. Did they allow him an attorney if he asked for one. I believe he is smart enough to ask for one when he was shocked about the accusations and the arrest. Not that anyone cares, for you surely don't. It's in those moments that the law is perverted by those entrusted to uphold it and innocent people are riuned and condemned.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Wow Rican, calm down. I didn't profess to offer any evidence on this site, I was just commenting about something that I'm actually informed about (as opposed to you). Where do you see from my comments that they sent her back after finding out? I said no such thing. Again, I can't really discuss the particulars of the case, but I'd be more than happy to when everything becomes public. But please, you're clearly biased in some way. Anyone reading your comments can see so, so you're probably not accomplishing what you're trying to. Maybe you should just stop.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
My comment about hurting others was based on the fact that sexual abusers tend to be repeat sexual abusers. Since I know that he is a sexual abuser, it's fair to assume that he is probably a repeat sexual abuser. I could be wrong, but that doesn't really change the facts of this case.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 07, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Again, I'm really not sure why you're jumping on me. I, unlike you, actually know the details of the case. You can speculate all I want about how I'm lying, but I still know that I'm not. You don't want to believe me? Good for you. It doesn't change a thing. Your knee-jerk, overly defensive, conspiracy theorizing reveals some major bias. I of course don't know exactly what it is (although your name "fellow rican" perhaps provides some insight), but that it's there is clear to all readers. Why don't you wait until you actually know what you're talking about and then (only then!) continue to enlighten everyone with your brilliant deductive skills.
antonio June 08, 2012 at 09:39 AM
I am the son of the accused. We as a family ask that all who are trying to defend my father please stop. We appreciate what you are trying to do. Anonymous should know that as a family member she should not be speaking about the case. This will be decided in a court by a jury. We are a family that has honored Christ and will continue to do so. Our prayers go out to the family and niether my father or the family have any bad feelings towards the family. We just want this resolved honestly. To anonymous we have no ax to grind and we are not trying to tell the public what is the truth. If you are really concerwned about her then let the jury decide and stop trying to make evetyone choose sides. We and you are the only ones that know the truth. You have yours and we have ours. Let the the court decide and put your ax away. It will be guilty or innocent in evidence not what the papers or news say. We know the truth and we will accept what the jury says. So will my father. This we know is true.
junior June 08, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Wow, i went to tell rican not to post any comments and i got cut off. I am using my second phone email and other name to post this comment. I guess it will be my last. I guess rican was on to something. I could not post again so i guess noone could again who was talking for my father. So dont and leave it in Gods hands.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 08, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I appreciate your point Antonio. I wasn't accusing you of having an axe to grind, only rican. I am truly sorry that all of this had to happen, both for your family and mine.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 08, 2012 at 12:02 PM
The fact that for some reason Plainview Patch didn't let you post doesn't really show anything about the validity of rican's comments (obviously). Maybe they just don't want people telling specific posters not to post.
Joe Dowd (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Antonio: It's Joe Dowd, Plainview Patch. If you or your family want to talk about this in any way, I'm here to listen. I will meet with your family and help you get the word out on the anguish you must be feeling, but only if you so choose. You can contact me anytime, in confidence, at joe.dowd@patch.com .


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