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Torres Out on Bail, Returns to Massapequa Home

Former Yankee Rusty Torres remains behind closed doors as North Massapequa neighbors defend him.

On a beautiful spring afternoon that would have been idyllic for playing baseball, former Yankee Rusty Torres was holed up behind closed doors Wednesday.

Torres, 63, who involving an 8-year-old girl, would not answer the door of his North Massapequa home when a Patch reporter came to ask for comment. 

But he came to the window and said, "I'm sorry, I have nothing to say at this time."

The ex-Yankee, who played parts of two seasons in the Bronx in the 1970s, was released on bail, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office. He is charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse.

According to court papers, . On April 30, he allegedly rubbed against her while he was aroused. On Monday, Torres allegedly rubbed against the victim again. He then exposed himself and had the victim touch him in an inappropriate manner, according to the complaint against the former ballplayer.

Read more in court papers attached to this story.

Torres, who is employed by the Town of Oyster Bay as a youth baseball instructor, was suspended without pay on Tuesday. Calls to Torres' lawyer weren't immediately returned. 

Despite the shocking nature of the allegations, neighbors went to bat for the ex-ballplayer.

"He's a great guy, he always has been," said Joe Delligatti, who lives across the street from Torres. "Everyone on the street knows him. We see him on the street, we watch him on TV. He goes to Old Timers Day [at Yankee Stadium] every year. I'll doubt you'll find anyone on the block who'll say a bad thing against him."

Delligatti, who used to work in law enforcement, said he hopes the allegations turn out to be mistaken.

"I just hope it's a story that's being blown out of proportion," he said. 

A 67-year-old woman who wouldn't give her name said she has no worries about her young grand daughter living on the same street as the accused sex abuser.

"He's the nicest guy," she said. "My daughter-in-law is so upset about what happened. We just can't believe he'd do that. It's just a very sad situation, I hope it's all a mistake." 

The woman said her son had been talking to Torres on Monday, the same day as the most recent allegations.

"They were talking about their lawns, and maybe the economy," she said.

A 23-year-old neighbor who said he's known Torres since childhood said he got baseball tips from him.

"He used to take us to the baseball field one or two times a year," he said. "He taught us how to swing and play in the field."

The neighbor said he never felt uncomfortable around Torres. "I never saw anything that would indicate he was unbalanced," he said. "I feel bad for the families, both victim's family and his family." 

Jason Molinet May 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The latest: Police searching for more potential victims: http://patch.com/A-tjJ6
gary May 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
and im sure theyll find more
marco marrero May 11, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Didn't happen. Innocent.
Diana Hibbard LoCascio May 11, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I think people almost expect sex offenders to wear black capes and twirl their mustaches. The neighbors and friends can't know if someone they know is a predator because most try to keep their dark side hidden. There is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty... but I would be extra cautious with any young kids around him.... If it is a false accusation, I feel bad for him because one can't un-hear this story... I hope the truth comes out one way or the other, and if the story is true, that any victims get the help they need to handle this.
Snidley May 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Hey Diana - Please watch what you say about handlebar mustaches. People may misconstrued things and take out their anger out on me - when the only thing that I ever wanted was Nell's affection - which I was always thwarted not because of Dudley contrary to the rumor mill, but because of her interest in that darn horse.
Dudley DooRight May 12, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Snidley you fool. This is no time for those old horse jokes and neave my Nell alone.
Susan May 13, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I agree with you.People have a tendancy to blame the child or when some one is a celebrity of some kind they are in denial.
Mass Mom May 16, 2012 at 01:15 AM
He confessed....so he's guilty
fellow rican June 05, 2012 at 11:17 PM
So sure they'll find more and he confessed ..... so he's guilty. Where is the hand written or audio/video confession. He is alleged to have commited a crime and is innocent until proven guilty. Demonization by the prosecution and police through the press for promotional and political purposes does not one guilty make. So he just decided to throw everything away on a whim. 100,000 kids in ten years and where are they now. Only a few have had the courage to speak up for him for only they have the right to truly comment. Yet none other have had cause to accuse him of any inappropiate conduct. I guess to you that doesn't show that he just may be innocent. I believe that if he truly confessed then that confession would have been posted and not merely mentioned in the court documents. Also if this supposed confession was real the judge would not have let him go on 50,000 dollars bail instead of the 200,000 dollars the prosecution sought. However they villified him succesfully through the press so even if he is found innocent he's still guilty thanks to the likes of you. It makes the civil lawsuit all that much easier. I suppose that the police have never coerced a confession (central park jogger and many more) and that the other 100,000 kids he trained and parents don't exist. Niether of you should be so lucky to live in this great country nor be protected by such a wonderful constitution.
MTR June 07, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Put him away for the rest of his disgraceful life!

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