FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — A Frederick pediatrician was arrested Monday after he was indicted on an additional 65 charges, including child sex abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Ernesto Torres was already charged in the rape of a patient and the assaults of two other people, including an 11-year-old girl.
Torres was indicted on 9 counts of child sex abuse, 10 counts of sex abuse of a minor, 43 counts of a thrid-degree sex offense, two counts of a second-degree sex offense and one count second-degree assault Friday by a Grand Jury. Police arrested him around 2:27 p.m. Monday on these charges.
Torres has been a licensed physician since 1979, specializing in pediatrics.
He is the only doctor at his small practice.
In a May 8 court appearance, Judge Martz-Fisher set his bond in the amount of $100,000 secured with the conditions of home detention, no unsupervised contact with patients or minors, and surrender his passport.
”We believe based on the allegations that Dr. Torres poses a significant threat to the public, which is why we requested he be held without bond. To date, we have had 11 additional potential victims come forward. We will review each one independently of the other to determine whether they are sufficient to charge. We again encourage anyone with information regarding the case to contact authorities immediately,” Smith stated.
WJZ performed a search on the Maryland Board of Physicians website. Torres’ license was issued nearly four decades ago. Under “known disciplinary actions” he has a clean record for the past 10 years.
The Frederick Police Department believe there could still be other victims in this case. Anyone with information about this case, including other potential victims should contact Detective Sean McKinney at 240-578-5683.