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Jury convicts Lawrence man of committing a sex crime against 7-year-old girl

December 9, 2010, 10:44 a.m. Updated December 9, 2010, 12:01 p.m.

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A Douglas County jury Thursday morning convicted a 23-year-old Lawrence man of fondling a 7-year-old girl in September at a northern Lawrence apartment.

Jurors convicted Jose A. Fernandez Torres of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and violation of a protective order.

Jurors convicted Jose A. Fernandez Torres of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and violation of a protective order.

Jurors convicted Jose A. Fernandez Torres of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and violation of a protective order.

Prosecutors accused Torres of fondling the daughter of his girlfriend the night of Sept. 2.

Jurors heard evidence in the case Tuesday and Wednesday in District Judge Peggy Kittel’s courtroom. They began deliberating late Wednesday afternoon before breaking for the evening and returning to decide the case Thursday morning.

Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, accused the man of putting his hand down the girl’s shorts while she was in bed.

“It made her feel sad. It made her feel scared, and it made her cry,” McGowan said Wednesday during closing arguments.

The girl later told her mother. The mother brought the girl to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Sept. 2 for a sexual assault exam, and police were called.

Police interviewed both the girl and the defendant before making an arrest.

But defense attorney Forrest Lowry told jurors the state had no physical evidence to support the indecent liberties accusations. He said his client caught the girl as she fell out of her bed and accidentally touched her groin area briefly.

Kittel will sentence Torres on Feb. 7. According to the district attorney’s office, he faces 25 years to life in prison on the indecent liberties count and up to one year in jail for violating the protective order.

McGowan and Katy Britton, assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case.

Comments

seriouscat 4 years ago

What a brave girl and family for going after this guy. It just kills me that we have no better way for child victims to find justice and stop scum like this.

somedude20 4 years ago

"He said his client caught the girl as she fell out of her bed and accidentally touched the girl’s groin area briefly" Um, BS!

I told better lies than this way back in highschool when cutting class or changing grades. I guess it is good that this person's lies are still rudimentary and that it should help land him were he belongs

lhs2013 4 years ago

"He said his client caught the girl as she fell out of her bed and accidentally touched her groin area briefly."

LOL.

del888 4 years ago

Maybe he'll be sent to prison where he can find out what it's like to accidentally fall out of bed and be "touched" in the groin area.

eotw33 4 years ago

Take after Leavenworth county, give him life!

notanoobhere 4 years ago

give him a .45, thats all hes worth, he cannot rehabilitate its impossible. Shoot the POS

bigdave 4 years ago

A 45 is to good for this scum!!!

begin60 4 years ago

Sad story, but I've met few people in Lawrence with enough decency, awareness, or competence to justify pointing hateful fingers of blames at others. The fact that people in backward Douglas County are so punitive and quick to accuse and blame says something about their questionable integrity. I see a bunch of bloodthirsty morons.

fu7il3 4 years ago

He fondled a 7 year old girl. I would say any blame he receives is justified.

eotw33 4 years ago

BEGIN60,

He was convicted by a jury.

mightyquin 4 years ago

Of all the crimes committed in this world, sexual crimes against children are the most vile. I think the people have every right to be bloodthirsty you bleeding heart twerp.

Tandava 4 years ago

So much for protective orders.

But what I don't understand is, if he had a protective order against him, it had to have been taken out by the 7-year-old's mother - right? - so how did Mr. Torres even get so far as to be in the girl's bedroom? Why didn't the mother call the police as soon as he showed up at their home? Did he threaten her? Something here doesn't make sense, or there's a part of the story that is missing.

superhans 4 years ago

Guy needs to be taken care of, if you know what I mean...

... Shot in the face.

superhans 4 years ago

Or maybe while he's in prison, he has to dress like a clown the whole time.

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