A grand jury indicted a Frederick pediatrician after he allegedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old female patient.
Dr. Ernesto Torres, 68, who practices family medicine at 188 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 202, was indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense, according to a press release from the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office and Frederick Police Department.
Will Cockey, a spokesman with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, confirmed that multiple concerned parents have come forward since the arrest was announced Tuesday morning. Detectives with the Frederick Police Department are continuing to field calls in the case, Cockey said.
The initial release stated there was no information to indicate any additional victims.
Torres was arrested at his home at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He is being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center and has not yet seen a District Court commissioner, according to the release.
The Frederick Police Department opened their investigation into the allegations on April 26, according to the release.
According to Maryland code, second-degree rape can be charged if a person allegedly engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act by force or threat of force without the consent of the other person. It can also be charged if the victim is "physically helpless" or cognitively impaired, and the person allegedly committing the crime is aware, according to the law.
Second-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Torres earned his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, according to his website. He attended residency at the Wilmington Medical Center in Delaware, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida and Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.
He has been in private practice since 1979, according to the website. When contacted Tuesday, Torres' office was closed and a message could not be left.
A bail hearing had not been scheduled for Torres as of Tuesday afternoon.