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Torres Questions Linger as Town Meets in Public Tuesday

Oyster Bay leaders have not answered key questions about ex-Yankee they've employed for 10 years.

The meets in public Tuesday for the first time since Rusty Torres, the town's longtime employee, was charged with

Among the lingering questions in the Torres scandal is whether the town did a background check on Torres before hiring him in 2002 as the town's baseball coach. who served five years probation for a cocaine-related conviction dating to 1985. The town has also not clarified its hiring practices regarding other potential convicted felons.

In his decade-long role as the town's baseball coach, Torres was in contact with thousands of children, town and police officials said. The former major leaguer served as a hitting coach for numerous youth baseball organizations, conducting clinics and seminars. The year-round position, which included indoor instruction sessions during the winter, paid about $83,000 annually.

Town officials have not returned repeated phone calls since Friday to address specific questions about Torres' employment. Phyllis Barry, a spokeswoman for the town, was in meetings all day Monday and unavailable to comment, workers in the town's public information office said.

The town did issue a public statement after the allegations came to light last week, saying Torres was suspended without pay from his position and his coaching clinics are cancelled. The statement said the town is cooperating with police in the investigation.

Torres was arrested May 7 in Plainview after he was confronted by police and made about his actions involving the 8-year-old girl. Those incidents took place inside a town-owned van used by Torres to travel to his clinics, according to Nassau Police. A subsequent felony complaint released by police contained graphic descriptions of the two alleged attacks on the child.

That complaint, which makes reference to physical evidence and contains detailed statements from the victim and Torres, is attached to this article (Warning: graphic content.)

It is not clear whether  or others on the town board will address any aspect of the issue when they meet in routine public session Tuesday at 10 a.m. Today's meeting is the town board's regularly scheduled session of the month. Several resolutions related to Allen Park are on the agenda.

Torres, 63, is charged in He has been a The North Massapequa man's town position coaching youth league sports was the only such position in the town for any sport, Barry said previously.

Cosmo May 15, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Does the town employ any other "coaches" or other non essential employees? Little leagues do background checks on all coaches, what did the town do? Were they that star struck to have a former Yankee for their grand kids to meet, that they they all of our money at him.
TheGreek May 15, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Sounds like a "no show" job to me, coaching baseball in the winter? Let's see his clinic schedule!
Ralph Nesberino May 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
What schedule??
DDB May 15, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I would like to know why TOB had a convicted felon working with children. Is it merely because he hit a ball with a stick?
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Readers: Please see our latest story. Supervisor Venditto provides details into the hire and Torres duties. http://patch.com/A-trq2
Steve May 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I've been involved in baseball in this town for the past 7-8 years. I saw torres once @ a college game at Burns Park siging autographs. Where are these "thousands of kids he helped in clinics ??? The greek is correct, this was a no show job. Lets all see a record or schedule that he should have had. This is probably the tip of the iceberg. An audit of all Town jobs should be conducted .
JoeM May 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
He should have a time sheet for everything he did for the Town. FOIL those. And might as well FOIL time sheets for all the other patronage employees. It's an eye-opener.
JoeM May 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM
More details would be the time sheets. Where are they? Torres got paid $40/hour for what exactly? Talking? Motivational speaking?
JoeM May 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM
First you have to play the game of Last Names and match the employee to the republican commitee-person they are related to. Then get the time-sheets. One employee went on a golf outing for his fire house while on the clock a few years ago.
JoeM May 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Ask Tom Sabellico about hiring Torres. And also ask about all the programs Torres did for "Winning Beyond Winning" and are they the same as the programs Torres is getting paid by taxpayers for.
fellow rican June 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
All of our money, no show job, hit a ball with a stick and political reference. The tip of the proverbial iceberg is that sixty cents out of every dollar is put towards education and all of you missed the yellow bus. It was stated that he worked for ten years and was booked solid. There have been no further allegations nor collaboration from let's say 100,000 kids and parents and that is what concerns you. He must have been doing something good. A mans life has been ruined . All those kids and parents and the police came up with nothing and your concerned with what ?

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