A James City County man stands accused of sexually assaulting a teenager outside of a restaurant in New Town.
Jesus Edgar Torres, 24, was charged with sexual battery and assault and battery, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
On Nov. 9, Torres saw a juvenile as she walked to a vehicle to retrieve her cellphone, Torres groped the girl, and she pushed him away, according to the court documents. The girl told Torres not to touch her.
Torres then asked the girl if he could kiss her, the filings said. The girl told him no, and she began to walk hurriedly to a nearby New Town restaurant. That’s when Torres grabbed her and pulled her face to his.
The Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office reviewed the case and advised the charges of sexual battery and assault and battery be brought against Torres, according to the court documents.
At least one arrest warrant was obtained on Jan. 3 in the case against Torres, according to the court documents. Torres was arrested on Jan. 18 and booked at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail the same day at 10:19 p.m., according to jail records. Torres has remained incarcerated since his arrest.
If convicted of both crimes, Torres faces as much as two years in jail and $5,000 in fines.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual or domestic violence call the Avalon Center Crisis Hotline, available 24 hours daily at 757-258-5051, to talk or schedule an appointment at the Avalon Center call 757-258-5022.
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