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Former major league outfielder Rusty Torres faces sex abuse charges

May 8, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

Rusty Torres - 1977 Topps

Rusty Torres, an outfielder who played for five major league teams in a career spanning 1972-1980, faces sex abuse charges in New York after allegedly abusing an 8-year-old boy.

Prosecutors say Torres worked for the Town of Oyster Bay as a baseball coach. They say an 8-year-old was sexually abused inside a town-issued van. The victim’s parents reported the incident to police on Monday, and now Torres, 63, is due to be arraigned on four misdemeanor counts on Wednesday.

Torres played for the Yankees, Indians, Angels, White Sox and Royals in nine seasons, hitting .212/.301/.334 with 35 homers and 126 RBI in 1,314 at-bats. His best season came in 1976, when he hit .205/.299/.356 with six homers and 27 RBI in 264 at-bats for the Angels.

  1. burnsy - May 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Thank goodness it wasn’t Rusty Kuntz.

  2. Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Misdemeanor counts? What the hell is that???

  3. randygnyc - May 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Gator- I too said WTF when I read misdemeanors. How can anything sexual, involving a child be anything less than a felony?

    • baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      Let alone 4 things…

    • Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      Damned if I know. I hope it’s just the prosecutor lodging the quickest set f charges he can put in front of the judge to keep this piece of garbage under wraps until he can present a fuller set of information and add the felony charges. Otherwise, it’s time to head to Albany and get the cretins of both parties to pass some serious legislation in a serious hurry, election year or not.

  4. jwbiii - May 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Having some skin mags in the van? I’m trying hard to think of something that I wouldn’t consider a felony.

  5. mybrunoblog - May 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Pretty disgusting. Torres joins Mel Hall in the pervert Hall of Fame. If the allegations are proven to be true, take him to a high cliff, drop him off the edge and let’s the animals eat his rotting corpse. Hey, I call em like I see em.

  6. mike0987 - May 8, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    gator- my thoughts exactly… this why these people are repeat offenders

    • Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      Well no, they’re repeat offenders because there’s something seriously wrong with them. They’re out on the streets again, however, because of a combination of ineffectual laws, lack of funds for more intensive treatment regimens during their incarcerations, and prison overcrowding because we insist on wasting needed jail space on victimless crimes like mere drug possession or prostitution, as well as because sentences are far too lenient in the first place.

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        Holy sh—- Gator you sound just like me in that rant. LA alone blows 100 million per year trying to fight prostitution. Think about it. How much does the nation spend trying to fight it? I’m all for regulating and taxing it. I imagine that alone could pay off our deficit after a few years.

  7. hardballtalkusername - May 8, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    “His best season came in 1976, when he hit .205/.299/.356 with six homers and 27 RBI in 264 at-bats for the Angels.”

    So he was the Angels’ Jeff Mathis of the 70’s.

  8. baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Blah…ugly story…

  9. randygnyc - May 8, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Jwbii did you miss the part of the story where he molested an 8 year old boy in that van, or do you condone his actions and think that shouldn’t be a felony?

    • jwbiii - May 9, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      randygnyc, I was just trying to think of some crime involving “sex” and “eight year old boy” and not “felony.” Exposing a minor to pornography was all I could come up with.

      No, I did not read about any molestation in the linked article. I would think molestation would result in a felony charge in New York. If not, those folks in Albany got some ‘splaining to do.

      Trust me, I think we’re on the same side of the fence on Jerry Sandusky, Bill Conlin, etc.

  10. bowens3181 - May 9, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    This might be wildly inappropriate but as soon as I saw the article title I couldn’t help but think that Rusty Torres might be one of the more quintessential sex offender names out there.

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