Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa man charged with sexually abusing three boys at West Shore complex

TAMPA — Police arrested a 43-year-old man early Saturday and charged him with sexually abusing three boys who live in his apartment complex.

Luis Torres was charged with two counts of sexual battery on a victim under 12, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim age 12 to 16 and one count of soliciting a sex act with a child ages 12 to 16.

Tampa police's investigation of Torres began on July 23, when a 12-year-old boy told officers Torres inappropriately touched him when he spent the night at Torres' Camden Bayside apartment, according to an arrest report.

The boy later told detectives during a forensic interview that he witnessed Torres abusing two other boys who live in the apartment complex, ages 9 and 7, the report said.

Both of the other boys confirmed the abuse in interviews — one claimed he was picked up and taken into a bedroom and the other said he was cornered in Torres' bathroom, the report said.

Police arrested Torres at his apartment complex, 6401 S West Shore Blvd., at 12:34 a.m., according to arrest records.

Deanna Leonti, 49, who lives one floor below Torres said she never saw or heard anything Saturday morning.

"I'm just like in shock," said Leonti, a casino employee who has lived in the complex for a year.

"I don't know anything about that but I have seen his nieces and nephews come and visit him on the weekend."

Leonti said the children often visited for the weekend, and Torres would take them to the apartment community pool.

"You need adult supervision to use the pool, so other kids would go over there with them," she said.

According to the arrest report, Torres met all three victims through a child they believe to be his nephew.

"He seems like a good uncle from what I can see," Leonti said. "He even bought the children clothes."

In 1999, Torres was arrested and accused of sexually abusing four young boys in his apartment. Those charges were dismissed, according to state records.

Saturday evening, Torres was being held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Tampa man charged with sexually abusing three boys at West Shore complex 07/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 28, 2012 11:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. With Vegas in mind, officers conduct active shooter training at Tampa International Airport

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Black marked the dead.

    After everyone ran away and was cleared out, two people remained on the ground, playing dead between baggage carousels nine and 10. Firefighters tied black ribbons around their wrists during triage, a quick way to tell other first responders not to waste time on them. Luggage …

    Mock "active shooter" D.J. Colestock, corporal with the Tampa International Airport police, is apprehended by TIA police officer Tom Olsen, right, on Wednesday  during an active shooter training exercise at the airport in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. Dirk Koetter, not Jameis Winston, has to make the call

    Blogs

    “Touchdown” Tom Jones, the best Bucs columnist in town, htook it to the house Tuesday when he wrote that Jameis Winston should do the right thing and take a seat if he’s not perfectly healthy to play at Buffalo.

    Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston
  3. This is no time for Jameis Winston to play hero

    Bucs

    Don't be a hero, Jameis.

    Do the right thing. Do what's best.

     Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sits on the bench during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) 700070683
  4. NBA off and running to its usual ending

    Blogs

    The NBA season began Tuesday night.

    It ends in June.

    Call me when the Warriors win.

    True, there was news Tuesday night, bad news, grisly news, as Celtics small forward and newcomer Gordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and broke his tibia in a look-away injury early in Boston’s opener at LeBron.

    Golden State's Steph Curry drives on the Houston Rockets on NBA Opening Night
  5. It's time for the Dodgers to be back in the World Series

    Blogs

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 29 years since the Los Angeles Dodgers made the World Series. That’s far too long. I still remember being at Chavez Ravine for the 1988 World Series, watching Kirk Gibson homer into the right field stands to beat the Oakland A’s in Game 1.

    Been a long …

    The Los Angeles Dodgers congratulate each other after beating the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series