06/06/2005

Former Palm Beach Deputy Gets Life for Molesting Boys

The Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A judge sentenced a former Palm Beach County deputy to life in prison for having sex with young boys he met at the sheriff's office youth training program.

Gervasio "Julio" Torres, 35, received the mandatory sentence for sexual battery on a child under 12. A jury convicted him earlier this year. Torres will be eligible for parole in 25 years because that was the law in 1993, when the charged crime occurred.

Three men testified at trial that Torres abused them as youngsters. Prosecutors still plan to try Torres on other molestation charges.

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