Written by Joe Scotchie: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00
A former New York Yankee and current North Massapequa resident has been arrested for sexual abuse.
The Nassau Special Services Squad reported the arrest of Rosendo Torres for sexual abuse that allegedly occurred on both Monday, April 30 and on Tuesday, May 8 in Plainview.
According to detectives, Torres is charged with four counts of sexual abuse, first degree involving an 8-year old female victim.
The investigation, detectives added, is ongoing.
Torres was arraigned on Wednesday, May 9 at First District Court in Hempstead.
On Wednesday, Det. Robert Matedero gave a briefing to the media on the arrest. He said the arrest took place after the girl’s parents reported the incident to Nassau County police. First, the juvenile victim made the disclosure to a parent, Det. Matedero said.
At the time of his arrest, the Town of Oyster Bay employed Torres as a youth baseball coach and instructor. Town officials confirm that they have suspended Torres without pay and have promised to cooperate with law enforcement agencies. The town has also canceled any future programs that Torres was scheduled to supervise. Town officials said that residents can visit the town’s website (www.oyster baytown.com) for program updates.
Det. Matedero said the alleged incident took place on both dates while Torres was performing his duties as an instructor. There were several other children in the “general area” of where the alleged incidents occurred, Det. Matedero added. But, he said that Torres and the juvenile victim were alone when the allegations happened.
Det. Matedero emphasized that anyone who has a child who Torres instructed should talk to that child. If the parent determines that there has been inappropriate contact, they should contact Nassau County police, he added. Det. Matedero also said that police are currently contacting all of the schools and places where Torres performed his functions as an instructor.
In 1998, Torres, along with Frank Tepedino, who is also a former Yankee, co-founded Winning Beyond Winning, a Farmingdale-based organization that, according to its website, seeks to “promote sports and physical fitness programs in schools.”
Torres, 63, is a native of Brooklyn. He was chosen by the Yankees in the 54th round of the 1966 free agent draft. He played for the Yankees from 1971-72. Torres later played for the Cleveland Indians, California Angels, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.