A retired Yankees benchwarmer was arrested by Long Island cops, who busted him on charges of the sexual abuse of a child. Rosendo “Rusty” Torres, 63, allegedly victimized an 8-year-old girl he was coaching, law enforcement sources said. Torres was employed as a youth baseball coach and drove a van for the town of Oyster Bay, where the incidents took place, authorities said.
“The first incident involved inappropriate touching. In the second incident, there was contact but not actual sexual activity,” a law enforcement source said. After learning of Torres’ arrest, town officials suspended him without pay and cancelled all clinics he was set to conduct. “As always, the town stands ready to cooperate fully with any and all law enforcement agencies in this matter,” the Town Supervisor John Venditto said.
A neighbor, Gus Galatatzis, said of Torres, “He’s such a well known, well-liked guy, I’m speechless. Rusty is such a friendly, outgoing guy, I pray to God it’s [the allegations] not true,” Galatatzis said.
This is what I want my readers to know. This neighbor got it right. Most child sexual abusers are very likable people, very friendly and outgoing. That’s how they catch these kids and their parents off guard. Everybody thinks their great guys until their child is hurt, and those whose children aren’t hurt don’t believe the stories. And before you know it, there’s a long line of children who are hurt for life!