Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Pasco: Man gets life in prison for molestation charges

DADE CITY — Brian Torres Sr., convicted last month of sexually abusing three minors, was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

A jury found Torres, 40, guilty as charged of capital felony sexual battery, as well as five lesser counts of abuse. In handing down the life sentence, Circuit Judge Susan Gardner said the law gave her no leeway on the capital conviction.

Torres, of Tampa, also received a 25-year sentence for first degree felony sexual activity with a minor, as well as two 15-year sentences and two 10-year sentences on the lesser charges. Gardner denied his attorney's requests for a new trial as well as his request that he be allowed to remain out on bail pending an appeal.

Authorities said the incidents involved victims that Torres knew and happened sometime between 1998 and 2006.

Torres said nothing during the sentencing. His aunt called him "a hard-working, good-hearted" person. One of the victims said her life was "a complete downfall" and that she has trouble socializing as a result of the abuse.

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