District Attorney Hoovler Announces Lengthy Sentence in Child Rape Case
Goshen man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Friday, January 26, 2024, Jesus Torres, age 33, of Goshen, was sentenced to twenty (20) years in prison and twenty (20) years of post-release supervision in connection to his previous guilty plea in Orange County Court to Rape in the First Degree. As part of the sentence, Torres will also be registered as a sex offender under the New York Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). At the time he pled guilty, it was anticipated that Torres would face up to fifteen (15) years in prison, but law enforcement investigation uncovered evidence that Torres had attempted to contact the victim of his crimes after the plea. The People proved at a hearing that Torres was in violation of his plea agreement with the Court and sought the enhanced sentence that was ultimately imposed.
Torres had previously admitted in Court that, being eighteen (18) years or older, he engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was less than thirteen (13) years old.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant. District Attorney Hoovler also thanks the Orange County Child Abuse Investigation Unit for their assistance with the case.
“This defendant’s repulsive conduct was appropriately met with a lengthy prison sentence,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “My Office worked to ensure that the defendant’s efforts to re-victimize the survivor in this case were punished with an enhanced sentence. I commend the survivor for coming forward and being heard despite being forced to live every day with the consequences of these barbaric acts. My Office will continue to provide support for victims of sexual assault and seek to hold offenders accountable for their actions.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Purcell.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that adefendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.