Dr. Torres asks for a bench trial.
Frederick, Md (KM) A Frederick pediatrician charged with 2nd-degree rape and 2nd-degree assault has opted for a bench trial. The trial of Doctor Ernesto Torres was scheduled to begin on Tuesday morning, but the State’s Attorney’s Office says the defendant waived his right to a jury trial and asked for a bench trial, where the judge determines whether Torres is guilty or not guilty based on evidence presented by the prosecution and the defense.
The case is expected to continue on Wednesday. Dr. Torres is on trial with sexually assaulting a former patient.
In May, Doctor Torres was arrested for sexually assaulting at least 12 of his patients.
By Kevin McManus