Crimes Nearby: Ex-Yankee Faces 4 Counts of Child Molestation

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Ex-Yankee faces four counts of child molestation

Ex-Yankee Rosendo "Rusty" Torres made incriminating statements to police that led to felony charges of child molestation, court documents and police said.

The former major leaguer and current youth baseball coach employed full time by the Town of Oyster Bay said he was sorry for incidents and stopped himself before further damage was done to his victim, court documents show.

 was charged Tuesday in connection with two separate incidents of sex abuse involving an 8-year-old girl that occurred in Plainview. He pled not guilty on Wednesday to four felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Bail was set at $50,000.

He is charged with abusing the child on two different occassions, once on April 30 and again on May 7, police said.

In an uncommon move, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has come forward to quell rumors that have been swirling for weeks about a possible break in the Long Island serial killer case.

Spota said in a statement that, “Unfounded, anonymous Internet postings or rumors about who may be a suspect should be given the appropriate weight they deserve by those who read them,” Spota said.

“It should be remembered that this type of unsubstantiated ‘gossip’ can cause substantial harm and emotional trauma, not only to the members of the families mentioned on the Internet postings, but also to the families of the victims,” he continued.

Spota said in the release his office has been inundated during the last few weeks with hundreds of media inquiries.

At least 10 bodies or sets of remains of women murdered by a suspected serial killer have been found both in Manorville and on Gilgo Beach in Babylon Town since 2010.

Spota said that while the district attorney’s office and Suffolk County Police are confident the “long, complicated, difficult investigation” will eventually conclude successfully, the results will be based on facts and evidence, not rumor.

Patch will not report on specific Internet rumors out of respect for family, friends and others whose lives have been impacted by the speculation.

Suffolk County Police Investigating Death at West Babylon Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop supermarket on Route 109 in West Babylon was closed for a few hours Tuesday morning as Suffolk County Police responded to a medical emergency that resulted in the death of a person who has yet to be identified.

According to police, EMS personnel arrived at the supermarket to treat a male in cardiac arrest from a reported fall and administered CPR.

Police said the individual died either on site or at the hospital. The incident is currently being investigated by Suffolk County Homicide detectives, although a police spokesperson said it's most likely a medical case.

Police said they are awaiting autopsy results, and Patch will update the story if further information is released.

According to authorities, police arrived at the scene at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday and the store remained closed until around 9 a.m.

A manager at the store said they had no comment on the situation.

Arrested For Selling DVDs With Bestiality Content

A man was arrested at an adult video store in Huntington Station Thursday for selling DVDs that contained bestiality content, according to police.

In response to community complaints regarding the sale of DVDs containing illegal content, investigating officers went to Pure Pleasure, located at 700 East Jericho Turnpike, and purchased two movies the viewed them in the parking lot on a portable DVD player. Police said the discs contained bestiality content.

Ajith Managodage, 51, who lives at the store, was arrested and charged him obscenity third degree, a misdemeanor.


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