A.L. man gets 5 years for sex with minors

Published 9:55 am Monday, January 17, 2011

Freeborn County District Court Judge John A. Chesterman on Friday sentenced an Albert Lea man to five years in prison for taking part in two separate instances of criminal sexual conduct with minors in 2010.

Lorenzo Torres

These were the third and fourth criminal sexual conduct convictions for Lorenzo Martin Torres, 21.

The sentence comes after Torres in December pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl, a gross misdemeanor, and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 12-year-old girl, a felony. Both instances reportedly took place at hotels in Albert Lea.

Chesterman sentenced Torres to one year for the fifth-degree charge and five years for the second-degree charge. Both sentences will run concurrently.

He will also get credit for 220 days already spent in custody and will be eligible for release after spending two-thirds of his five years.

Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson said because this is a sex crime, Torres will not be released until a psychological evaluation is conducted.

If prior to his release, it is determined that Torres poses a strong likelihood of reoffending, Nelson may be asked to commit him as a sexually dangerous person. That would include an indeterminate sentence.

If Torres is released, he will be under intense supervised release for 10 years. If he violates the terms of this release, he could serve up to 10 years in prison.

He will also always have to register as a sex offender.

Torres was previously convicted of one count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He was on probation for the third-degree charge when the new charges were brought against him last June.

Torres acknowledged he violated his terms of probation in December, when he pleaded guilty to the new charges.

After doing so, he was immediately sentenced to four years in prison. Torres was brought back from prison for Friday’s sentencing.

The four-year sentence from December will also run concurrently with Torres’ new sentence.