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Pediatrician convicted of sex abuse gets 98 new charges

BALTIMORE — A Maryland pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing a longtime patient has been indicted on 98 similar charges.

The indictments against 69-year-old Ernesto Cesar Torres were handed down this month just before he was sentenced Dec. 23, news outlets report. He was ordered held without bail on Monday, according to a statement by the state’s attorney’s office. The additional sex crime charges are related to 19 other victims, all of whom were juveniles at the time of the alleged assaults. A pretrial conference is set for Jan. 24.

Last month, Torres was convicted of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual offense of an 18-year-old patient, whom he had been treating since she was a baby. She said Torres assaulted her when she visited his office by herself for the first time during a follow-up appointment to discuss her anxiety medication.

He’s currently serving a one-year jail sentence and was given credit for the roughly 230 days he spent on house arrest since his being taken into custody in May.

Authorities have said Torres’s arrest and indictment caused more victims to come forward. The allegations span Torres’ entire medical career, starting in 1979, according to WBAL-TV.

In a separate case, Torres also is charged with 49 sex offenses alleged by 12 victims. A trial in that case is set for March. It’s unclear if any of the victims in this case were juveniles at the time of the alleged assaults. It’s also unclear whether any of the juveniles in this case are involved in the recent indictment.

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