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July-17-02

Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Female Inmate

Another law enforcement officer has pled guilty to sexually assaulting a female inmate. Jose Luis Torres, an Edgewater Park, New Jersey police officer, pled guilty on Friday to second-degree sexual assault and second-degree official misconduct. In exchange for Torres’ guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge and will sentence him on an official misconduct charge, for which a four-year prison term is recommended. Torres sexually assaulted the female inmate on June 13th, 2002 while transporting her from court to the county’s detention center for women. Semen stains were later found in the transport vehicle resulting in Torres’ arrest. Torres is free on $15,000 cash bail and will be sentenced on September 20th. A 1999 Amnesty International study , which investigated 17 states and the District of Columbia, found that sexual abuse and rape of female inmates is common in correctional facilities in the United States.

Media Resources: Burlington County Times, 7/14/02


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