Former Yankee Accused in Sex Abuse of Girl, 8

Rosendo "Rusty" Torres, 63, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on four misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse

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    A Long Island community is stunned by sex abuse allegations against a former member of the Yankees. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012)

    A former Yankees outfielder is facing sex abuse charges of an 8-year-old girl on Long Island.

    Nassau County police confirmed the arrest Tuesday of Rosendo "Rusty" Torres. The 63-year-old Massapequa resident is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on four misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse. The name of his attorney wasn't immediately known.

    Prosecutors say Torres worked for the Town of Oyster Bay as a baseball coach. They say an 8-year-old was sexually abused inside a town-issued van. The victim's parents reported the incident to police on Monday.

    "I'm at a loss for words," said Janice Catalano, Torres' neighbor of 10 years. "And I think anybody in this neighborhood would say the same thing."

    "He did programs in the town to keep kids on the right track," she said.  "I just don't believe it."

    Oyster Town Supervisor John Venditto said Torres has been suspended without pay from his coaching job. The remaining games he was scheduled to conduct have also been canceled.

    Torres played for the Yankees in 1971 and 1972. He also played with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, California Angels and Kansas City Royals.

    Officials said there were no indications of any prior arrests on his record.

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