The head of the Firebaugh Boys and Girls Club, Juan Martin Torres, 25, was indicted Thursday on charges of enticing a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, from October 3, a 14-year-old victim reported to the police that Torres was harassing him through an Internet messaging service.
The victim had been working community service hours at the Boys and Girls Club and Torres had supervised him.
According to reports, Torres began the chats in April 2013. Torres, who has been employed at the club for approximately seven years, is alleged to have offered to give the victim credit for community service in exchange for engaging in sexual acts.
“Those who exploit their access to children to gratify their own perverse sexual desires are on notice that there will be serious consequences for those actions,” said Mike Prado, resident agent in charge for HSI Fresno. “When individuals who are entrusted to serve as role models for our children violate that trust, there will be zero tolerance. HSI will continue to work closely with its local law enforcement partners to target those involved in the sexual exploitation of children to ensure they are held accountable for their crimes.”
Torres made an initial appearance on the charges on October 11. He was released on bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, October 25.
If Torres is convicted, he faces a minimum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, along with a $250,000 fine.