The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess issued a statement on Tuesday, October 27 that 64-year-old Juan T. Torres had been sentenced by Honorable Mark Crooks to 110 years in prison for sexual abuse of his step-granddaughters.
All but 50 years of that sentence was suspended, but Leitess stated, "It's my hope that this sentence provides the family with a sense of peace and that the victims receive the necessary support and counseling to lead healthy lives."
July 24, 2020 Torres pleaded guilty to two counts of sex abuse of a minor, two counts of second degree sex offense and one count of continuing course of conduct with a child victim.
In 2000 Torres had left his job with the Crime Exploitation Unit of the Anne Arundel County Police Department where he had investigated the same crimes he was accused of.
The investigation began on August 14, 2019 after an Anne Arundel County police were called to a residence where they met with the uncle of the two females. They had confided in him that they had been sexually abused by their step-grandfather for more than 10 years.
Three days later detectives met with the females at the Child Advocacy Center.
One told that she had been groomed by her step-grandfather who she called "Popi." She told that he had started abusing her at the age of three and that the abuse had continued to her junior year of high school.
She stated that he had forced her to watch both adult and child pornography and that he would touch her under her clothing and force her to do the same to him. She told of where he kept his files with child pornography on them and stated that he had asked her to destroy them should anything happen to him.
The second girl also explained that she had been abused beginning at the age of three and continuing until she was 14. She told of how Torres would force her to perform oral sex on him and that he would touch her over her clothing.