It has not been a good summer for former Yankees outfielders accused of sexual impropriety.
A Nassau County jury convicted a former player for the Yankees, Rosendo “Rusty” Torres, Thursday of sexually abusing a girl at his baseball clinic in Plainview several years ago.
The jury of nine women and three men acquitted Torres, 65, of Massapequa of charges that he sexually molested another girl who attended the clinic, which he ran from 2008 to 2012 while he was employed by Town of Oyster Bay. He was suspended after his arrest.
Torres remains free on $50,000 bond. He refused to comment as he left Nassau County Court in Mineola. His attorney, Troy A. Smith of White Plains, said, “We respectfully disagree with the verdict.” He said an appeal was planned.
“Mr. Torres is obviously gravely disappointed. I’m gravely disappointed. We believe there were reasonable doubts,” the attorney said.
Torres, a light-hitting outfielder with a .212 career batting average and 35 home runs during his nine years with five Major League Baseball teams, faces up to 7 years in prison on each of five counts of sexual abuse in the first degree when he is sentenced Oct. 7.
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