Frederick County

Maryland Pediatrician Charged With Rape Arrested on 65 Additional Charges

A Maryland pediatrician who was charged with raping a patient was arrested on 65 additional charges after more victims came forward, authorities say.

Frederick County police and prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted Dr. Ernesto Torres after 11 more victims came forward after an initial indictment May 3. He was arrested Monday, their joint statement says. The latest indictment includes 43 counts of third-degree sex offenses.

Torres, 68, was initially charged with second-degree rape involving an 18-year-old woman. He was released on home detention after posting $100,000 bond.

In court Tuesday, a judge set an additional bond of $400,000 and ordered Torres not to practice medicine, to have no contact with girls under the age of 18 and to surrender his passport.

The Frederick Police Department said there may be other victims in this case.

Anyone with information is told to contact police at 240-578-5683.

Torres' attorney, Richard Bricken, stressed Monday that the accused man is entitled to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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