Crookston man sentenced in sex abuse case

(Fergus Falls, Minn.) – A Crookston man will spend nearly 22 years in prison for producing images and videos showing the sexual abuse of a minor girl.

Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said that, in addition to the prison time, Jorge Alberto Torres, Jr., will serve 20 years of supervised release.

According to the defendant’s plea agreement and court documents, the minor victim in the case reported to school officials and to the Crookston Police that Torres, Jr., had been sexually assaulting and abusing the minor victim for several years. Torres threatened and coerced the minor victim into submitting to his sexual demands, and he placed a hidden video camera in a bathroom used by the minor victim and others. The following day, law enforcement arrested Torres. Torres asked a family member to hide or destroy an Android cell phone and the hidden video camera. Law enforcement nonetheless recovered the cell phone and, after obtaining a search warrant, found that the cell phone contained multiple images and videos depicting Torres’s sexual abuse of the minor victim and other child pornography.

Torres pleaded guilty on December 20, 2023, to one count of production of child pornography and admitted to other additional conduct constituting production of child pornography.

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