Amid more allegations, Md. pediatrician indicted on 98 counts of sex crimes

A Frederick Grand Jury indicted a former Frederick, Maryland pediatrician on 98 counts of sex crimes, only a week after being sentenced to one year in jail, the Frederick County State’s Attorney confirmed Monday.

In a Circuit Court bond review, Judge Theresa Adams ordered Ernesto Torres, 69, to be held without bond. Torres was already in prison after a judge found him guilty of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense of an 18-year-old patient in November.

However, Torres was acquitted of any rape charges after prosecutors were unable to prove Torres touched the 18-year-old victim’s genitals while conducting an exam for stomach pains in April 2019.

The indictment relates to allegations from an additional 19 victims and a trial is scheduled to begin in March for a case involving 49 sex crimes against 12 victims. The Frederick Police Department has said one of the victims was as young as 11-years-old. 

During a November hearing, a Frederick judge said Torres had “used trust built up with the victim over a lifetime” to sexually assault her, and that the victim “did not react as a young woman but as a child patient trying to make sense of what was happening to her.”

Torres medical license has since been revoked by the state Board of Physicians.


Rob Woodfork

Rob Woodfork is WTOP's Senior Sports Content Producer, which includes duties as producer and host of the DC Sports Huddle, nightside sports anchor and sports columnist on

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