Cop Who Only Got 15 Days For Child Porn Charged With Abuse Of Minor

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A police officer who was arrested for possession of child pornography and who stayed in jail for just 15 days has now been charged with raping a child.

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A former Minnesota police officer who was charged last week with sexually assaulting a child once spent only 15 days in jail for possession of child pornography.

A local news station’s investigation into the officer unveiled that in 2016, Abraham Torrez, 44, was the subject of a child pornography case. At the time, investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) found “thousands of pictures and videos” of child pornography. The material apprehended included pictures of “very young” children of both sexes being subject to torture and rape.

When Torrez was asked at the time if he had ever “touched a child sexually,” he told investigators that he hadn’t.

Perhaps what's even more disturbing is that officials simply believed him blindly, and that during their interview with Torrez, investigators appeared to treat him differently for being a Metro Transit cop.

“You know your rights. You’re a cop. You’ve probably said them a million times,” one BCA investigator said.

“We’re trying to be as discreet as possible,” another investigator reportedly added, “because of your position.”

After the incident, Torrez was quietly fired, and he agreed to plead guilty to charges of felony possession of child pornography.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom told reporters they asked for a 30-day sentence for Torrez, but Judge Tim Wermager shortened it to 15 days. In addition, Torrez was given a chance to have his record reflect only a misdemeanor charge if he completed probation.

Now, a teenage girl has accused Torrez of sexual molestation and abuse that has happened systematically since she was 6 years old. The fact that Torrez spent just a few days in jail did not help the girl escape or report him since the abuse continued once he was released.

According to a reporter’s investigation into Torrez’s prior sentence, while a person convicted of possession of child pornography in Minnesota spends an average of 68 days in jail, Torrez’s sentence was the lightest the reporter has seen in his research. Still, Backstrom said he wasn’t treated differently because he was a cop.

“Listen, Mr. Torrez was not cut a break,” Backstrom said. “He was given an appropriate offer that was consistent with other cases of this nature.”

While Torrez has finally been charged with the child’s assault, we hope for the sake of justice and other potential victims that this time around, local officials won’t give him special treatment.

It’s heartbreaking to learn that a child has been abused and violated repeatedly for years by a man whose job is to safeguard the public. But what’s even worse is to think that police had him and let him go, never investigating whether he had abused any child. Instead, they chose to simply take his word for it.

Banner/Thumbnail Photo Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

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