Cops: Torres Made Admission of Guilt about 8-year-old

Ex-Yankee and full-time Town of Oyster Bay employee faces four counts of child molestation.

Ex-Yankee Rosendo "Rusty" Torres made incriminating statements to police that led to felony charges of child molestation, court documents and police said.

The former major leaguer and current youth baseball coach employed full time by the Town of Oyster Bay said he was sorry for incidents and stopped himself before further damage was done to his victim, court documents show.

was charged Tuesday in connection with two separate incidents of sex abuse involving an 8-year old girl that occurred in Plainview. He plead not guilty on Wednesday to four felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Bail was set at $50,000.

He is charged with abusing the child on two different occasions, once on April 30 and again on May 7, police said.

The North Massapequa man is employed by the as a youth league baseball coach. He has been in the job since May, 2000 and is employed full time, said Phyllis Barry, a spokeswoman for the town's government.

During that time, Torres conducted clinics and provided instruction on the fundamentals of baseball, Barry said. Police said he used a town-owned van to travel to the clinics. His annual salary is $83,372.

The position of youth coach is the only one of its kind in the Town of Oyster Bay, Barry said.

Newsday reported that, when confronted by police before Monday's practice, Torres said he would "never intentionally" hurt a child..."I had no bad intentions. It just happened. As soon as I realized what was happening I stopped it on my own. I have learned my lesson, and I would never do anything like that again."

"I don't want to work with children anymore," he told police, according to Newsday. "It's too risky."

The town issued a statement Tuesday night saying Torres, who played with the Yankees for part of two seasons in the 1970s, was suspended from his town job without pay, effectively immediately and his clinics would be cancelled until further notice.

The town statement, attributed to , said the town would cooperate with authorities. Barry said no further statement would be issued today on the matter.

While police said the incident took place in Plainview, they did not indicate where the alleged victim was from.

Police said there is no reason to believe more children were harmed at this time. They said no other adults were present during the incident.

"Because of his extensive exposure to children, I believe it is important to make people aware of this incident and I encourage anyone who believes their child has had inappropriate contact with Mr. Torres to contact the Special Victims Squad," said Nassau Detective Sgt. Robert J. Matedero.

"We did conduct an investigation and that investigation was not based merely on an allegation, but we collect evidence and we build a case and once we've determined we've met a legal standard, that's when we take action and make an arrest," Matedero said.

Torres works as a baseball and physical fitness trainer with children at many public and private organizations on Long Island, police said.

Torres for students at in Plainview last November, along with other community members representing numerous professions. He was photographed at the time in a Yankees' jersey and a vintage Yankee cap from the era he played in. He was holding a picture of himself in his playing days.

Bulldog May 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
E J M...read the whole article before you condemn the commentators. "I don't want to work with children anymore," he told police, according to Newsday. "It's too risky."
R.S. Carpenter May 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Yes, lets all hope you are right, EJM but children must feel they can come forward when they are abused. Too many are not believed. I was molested by a white Protestant minister whom everyone loved. I did not tell anyone until I was in my twenties. This man of God molested many others, as I have learned in the ensuing years. This man was removed from the pulpit but he never faced prosecution and has since died. Therefore, please do not make your children feel that they cannot tell the truth or if they do they won't be believed. Child molesters come in many forms and most seem wonderful on the surface. Also, as you stated, let the truth be known before judging Mr. Torres. If he is innocent, then this is a tragedy for him and his life is over, as he has known it, one way or the other.
Larry L. Daigneault May 13, 2012 at 05:15 PM
First, taking the statements as true, Torres is not a pedophile. Exhibitionist probably. A pedophile/hebephile wouldn't have stopped. It's unlikely they would even see improper contact as wrong as we see in the rantings of that conservative/libertarian group, NAMBLA. Most of the statements are merely suggestive and vague, worthless in a court of law, not that America has many of those left thanks to conservative judges, the most corrupt men on earth.
gene hendrickson May 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If half of this is true he is a CRUD!!!!
Carol May 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I don't understand how so many believe him to be innocent. Of course he "seemed" like a great guy and everyone liked him,how else was he to get access to your children? Haven't people learned by now that you don't trust your young children with strangers, coaches, teachers, ministers, priests, cops, boyfriends and most family members without supervision. Doesn't anyone read the news? For him to say "it just happened" is an admission. If if "just happened" once it's happened before and will happen again.
Carol May 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Yes, he is a pedophile. He didn't expose himself to adults, he exposed himself to children...
gene hendrickson May 13, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Carol, VERY well put
Pam Robinson (Editor) May 13, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Keith and others, please keep your comments clean. Thank you.
Lucy Pangella May 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I don't know Mr. Torres however, even if what you say about this man being a caring and wonderful person is true, it doesnt mean that he was not capable of committing this crime. Look at the coach at Penn State. Look at all of the priests---men who committed themselves to God--- and I could go on and one with others such as these. All of these individuals were caring, giving, loving people with families. But they still were guilty of sexually abusing children. Its a sickness and it does happen to those we least expect. Maybe he didnt do it before--maybe its his first time. More importantly here we seem to be missing the point. An 8 year old little girl came forward and said he did this to her. Are you calling her a liar? I dont know if you have a daughter--but I do--and I would hope that if this happened to her she would be brave enough to tell me and that the person who did this to her was not allowed to do it to anyone else. . I do not believe that this 8 year old child made this whole story up nor do I believe that all of the police are lying and the newspapers are lying. In order for the police to arrest and charge someone they must have sufficient evidence. I did see a list of evidence posted somewhere and there were about 6 or 7 items on it. Did they make up the evidence too? Of couse he is going to deny the charges. He knows he faces prison.
gene hendrickson May 16, 2012 at 07:24 PM
As I said before; If guilty prosecute to fullist extent of the law. He will do it again!!! How can people defend a person??, like it!!!!!!!!
Lucy Pangella May 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Can we get some follow-up as to what is happening with this case? Is it going to trial? If so, when. I assume that there was sufficient evidence presented to the police before they could arrest and charge him or it would have been thrown out of court already. Do we know if any other children have come forward that he may have hurt in the past? Even if there were no incidents prior to this one and this was his first time committing such an act----it doesnt make the crime less serious. We should just be grateful that we could stop it after the first incident so it will never happen again. Its important for the public to know how this all turns out so parents can see that they can never leave their children alone with anyone regardless of how well you think you know that person. This is a sickness and usually does not present itself in public situations but always happens when an adult is left alone with a child. That's why it is always such a shock when we hear that someone whom we have known and respected has done such an out of character thing.
Pam Robinson (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Hi, Lucy, he is due in court in June. At the moment, we have no further information but there are usually lots of hearings before a trial begins, so this may take a while.
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Lucy: Police and other officials have indicated there are no other victims that have come forward at this time. If other victims are reported, we'll report it.
Lucy Pangella May 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Pam and Joe thanks for responding. I will just keep checking back here periodically then for the final outcome.
Anonymous to protect the innocent May 18, 2012 at 01:10 PM
YH, he hasn't yet been convicted, but hopefully he will be. Just because someone is a "nice guy" does NOT mean that they are not also a pedophile. It is naive in the extreme to believe otherwise. And by the way, the parents don't need the money and right now they are filing criminal charges, not civil charges. Grow up and get your facts straight before commenting on something very sensitive and very serious.
Anonymous to protect the innocent May 18, 2012 at 01:13 PM
And by the way Anthony, read the articles: there was contact and the parents (obviously) weren't present when the sick POS lured her into the van. I'm fascinated that you are so all-knowing as to know that he would "never" do anything to hurt anybody! Amazing how you know how his mind works inside and out! Perhaps you are psychic?
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Thank you, Lucy. We will not lose sight of this story. jd
diane cascini June 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Wake up people!A pedophile has a process he grooms the child gains their trust to put them as well as the parents off guard.Realize people they are all nice guys ,They are likeable that is their game I never trusted anyone when it came to my children .
fellow rican June 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
He grooms a child, gains their trust, off guard. Really. Then tell us, how long was he doing that particular clinic ? How many times had the supposed victim attended. A year perhaps ? It was indicated by the police that the girl attended 3 times and that all occured on just those three days so you wake up, all of you. If he was doing clinics for ten years with 100,000 kids and parents and she showed up for three days and BAM, now he's a pedophile then something definitely seems wrong. It most certainly couldn't be that he's being framed just because he's an exyankee (to seek monetary gain) or the TOB officials decided that they wanted someone else who fits their particular taste. By the way, you obviously don't know the definition of a pedophile nor what exactly he was charged with which illustrates that the 68 cents out of every dollar that goes toward education has been wasted. It's amazing how many of you missed that big yellow bus.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Tell me Maryann, where did you read that this occured in a park and that he sat in his van watching her. Or are you just misinforming the rest of us. It's alarming how many people make fictitious comments and also beleive that the Media is tried and true. They never print information that is niether correct nor true, right. I don't think so.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 08:12 AM
And again, anonymous to protect the innocent, you say to Anthony that there was contact and the parents (obviously) weren't present when the so called sick POS lured her into the van for the third incident. Let's analyze that for a second. So, they reported it to the police after the second alleged incident, then they sent her back for a third time with niether her parents nor the police to make sure that she was safe to allegedly get lured into the van again. There she is allegedly molested again and they didn't arrest him on the spot as routine would require. I would think that after they reported the alleged second incedent he would have been immediately removed from his job and a proper investigation would have been initiated. There seems to be something seriously wrong with the events that transpired after they notified the police. Or perhaps this is how the Nassua County police conduct thier investigations. So noone sees anything wrong with this. How odd.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 08:34 AM
As usual, anonymous to protect the innocent, you make perfect sense. Your comments on this case are very enlightening. Through you I can see just how this all seems more and more like a setup. I also see that if in fact the parents did actually send her back for the third alleged incedent and that occurring after notifying the police, then they, in fact, should all have been arrested as well for endangering the welfare of an 8 year child. I guess in Nassau County that is not considered a crime. That is what you said, right. And you being a close relative of the girls mother makes it 100% true. No, noone is seeking monetary nor promotional gain of a high profile case through the demonization and seemingly wrong prosecution off an exyankee ballplayer, right. Do me a favor, enlighten us some more. It's amazing how you seem to know just how Mr Torres' mind works. Or is it that that is what you want us to beleive.
Carol June 06, 2012 at 05:31 PM
"fellow rican"- the article does not say she was "sent back" for this guy to expose himself to her...she may not have disclosed until the final incident. Torres' made an admission, so why would someone try to defend him? Just because he used to play for the Yankees? The incident happened at the clinic he was giving, which was in a park...a baseball park perhaps. When a child makes an allegation such as this it must be taken at face value to be true, until proved untrue. Torres' saved them some time by admitting what he did. I fail to see how this was any kind of setup, etc. It's ignorant to think that just because he was a baseball player that this couldn't be true, especially since he admitted it.
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Well Carol, then produce for us his hand written confession or his audio/video recording where Mr Torres himself admits to the crimes. The police usually release this information to the press in high profile cases, such as this one. For your information, anonymous to protect the innocent stated that she was a close relative of the mother. She Also stated that the parents found out after the second alleged incedent in question and that it was reported to the police then. I would think that the appropriate course of action for the police to take would have been to arrest him immediately and remove him from his job as soon as the parents reported the second alleged incedent. That, in fact, did not happen. She did, in fact go back a third time as reported and allegedly molested again. So tell me, where were her parents or the police on that third incedent. In fact, the police chief stated that he was arrested at home. How many days was that after the second alleged incedent? Did he just get home from work again? Tell me, they actually let him continue to work with children after the parents reported it the second alleged time. Would'nt it have been in the best possible interest of all the possible victims, as stated by the police, to remove him from his job immediately. Then they let her go back a third time. Where were her parents and the police that third time? You obviously see nothing wrong with that chain of events. Unbelievable !
fellow rican June 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
What will you say next Carol, that anonymous was wrong ? Or maybe it was the police chief ? Maybe you are wrong. Inform us. You would know better than a close relative of the girls mother, right. Since, after all, you have done your research so well. I will tell you one thing, it's comments such as yours that are ignorant. Comments not based on the facts. If Mr Torres saved then some time, as you stated, then why would they need to build a case. That is what the police chief said on national television. According to you Mr Torres already did that for the police. No, no setup evident there. And you actually know what You're talking about, right.
Carol June 06, 2012 at 10:21 PM
So, you think what another poster wrote is fact? I based my opinion on the story. Don't you think that the news would be all over the parents if what Anonymous said is true? Come on now.. Why exactly are you so defensive and why try to defend Torres? Naturally they must build their case because all guilty people later recant their confessions... You should be so concerned for the 8 year old.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Fellow rican, you certainly seem biased. I'm not really at liberty to discuss the details of the case, but suffice it to say that you've got your facts totally messed up. Who said they sent her back after having found out? That's completely false. They only found out after the FINAL incident. Please don't put words into my mouth. Believe me, if you knew the family, then you'd know that these are not people looking for money or attention. But I don't really have an interest in discussing this with you. You seem to have an axe to grind. Mine will be ground in court.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 06, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Carol, rican didn't base anything on what I actually said. He just made it up instead.
Carol June 07, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Hi Anonymous: I figured that he was making things up..I didn't see where you say you are family, but obviously you seem to know them. I hope Torres' gets exactly what he deserves and I hope the little girl suffers no lasting effects because of this. I commend this family for having the courage to see this through, I know it is not at all easy.
Anonymous to protect the innocent June 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Thank you, Carol. I appreciate your thoughts.


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