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Friday, August 01, 2014

Rosendo ‘Rusty’ Torres found guilty of 5 counts of sex abuse, acquitted of 3 other charges

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.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, indians, police blotter, royals, rusty torres, sexual abuse, white sox, yankees

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4762670)

No worries - this will never be added to Rusty's Yankeeography tribute on YES Network.
   2. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:59 PM (#4762690)
“Mr. Torres is obviously gravely disappointed. I’m gravely disappointed. We believe there were reasonable doubts,” the attorney said.


Kind of strange phrasing there. Shouldn't he say "Mr. Torres was innocent"?
   3. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:02 PM (#4762692)
Sounds like the words of a lawyer who knows very well his client is guilty.
   4. RMc and the Respective Punishments Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:15 PM (#4762703)
Too bad. I wrote the bulk of his Wikipedia page after I discovered he was in three famous baseball riots: the Senators' last game in Washington, Ten-Cent Beer Night in Cleveland, and Disco Demolition Night in Chicago. (Guess I gotta update the page, eh?)
   5. Dale Sams Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4762713)
But did he gamble???
   6. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4762719)
Guess he can join Mel Hall in the New York California Penal League.
   7. smileyy Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:41 PM (#4762723)

Kind of strange phrasing there. Shouldn't he say "Mr. Torres was innocent"?


Doesn't need to. The defense has no obligation to claim, demonstrate or prove innocence.
   8. Swedish Chef Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4762732)
Doesn't need to. The defense has no obligation to claim, demonstrate or prove innocence.

He was speaking to the press, not the court. It lacks a certain something as a PR strategy.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4762754)
FWIW, Rusty Torres played more games with the Indians (230), Angels (178) & White Sox (106) than the Yankees (89). His only significant contribution to the Yankees was being part of the trade that brought Graig Nettles to NY.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4762755)
Doesn't need to. The defense has no obligation to claim, demonstrate or prove innocence.

But, it really helps you with the jury if you can credibly do so.
   11. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4762847)
But, it really helps you with the jury if you can credibly do so.

Yeah, "I didn't do it!" sounds a lot better than "You can't prove I did it!"
   12. Bhaakon Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4762851)

Doesn't need to. The defense has no obligation to claim, demonstrate or prove innocence.

But, it really helps you with the jury if you can credibly do so.



If you could credibly demonstrate you're innocent, you probably wouldn't have reached the jury in the first place. Granted, there are exceptions, but most prosecutors aren't going to risk a trial if the defendant has actual evidence of his innocence beyond his own word and a sketchy alibi.
   13. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:43 PM (#4762867)
FWIW, Rusty Torres played more games with the Indians (230), Angels (178) & White Sox (106) than the Yankees (89). His only significant contribution to the Yankees was being part of the trade that brought Graig Nettles to NY.


What is that "worth," exactly?
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: August 01, 2014 at 09:19 PM (#4762883)

which hat he'll wear in the mugshot and plaque?

   15. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 02, 2014 at 12:11 AM (#4762960)
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   16. asinwreck Posted: August 02, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4763128)
which hat he'll wear in the mugshot and plaque?

Chico's Bail Bonds?

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