Frederick pediatrician accused of sex assault posts bond; 11 additional claims being investigated

The Frederick pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female patient during an examination has posted bond, officials say.

68-year-old Ernesto Torres was released late Wednesday night after posting a $100,000 secured bond. The conditions of the bond required Torres to be placed on home detention, to surrender his passport and to have no unsupervised contact with patients or minors.

Following his indictment which brought second degree rape, second degree assault, and fourth degree sex offense charges, officials say 11 additional cases of alleged sex assault dating back 35 years are now being investigated by detectives.

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"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," said Frederick State's Attorney Charlie Smith said following the outcome of the bond review on Wednesday. "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."

Anyone who believes they or their children may have been a victim is asked to contact Detective Sean McKinney at 240-578-5683. The Frederick Police Department Victim Service's Unit is also available to provide support and they can be reached at 301-600-1356.