According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office(OCSO) Chief Deputy Derrick O'Meara, who is the Director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center(CAC), a City of Utica Man was arrested by members of the CAC on November 29, 2023.

On November 28, 2023, the CAC received a report that a 15-year-old female had been sexually assaulted.

OCSO Investigator Nicholas Dean was assigned to the case and the investigation revealed that over a period of months Gilbert Torres, age 54, subjected the victim to repeated sexual contact.

Torres was located in the evening hours of November 29, 2023, in the City of Utica by Investigator Dean and Investigator Ryan Kelly of the Utica Police Department. Torres was arrested and charged with one count of Forcible Touching, a Class A Misdemeanor, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, also a Class A Misdemeanor.

Torres was arraigned in Oneida County CAP Court and was remanded to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $5000 Bail. Additionally, Torres, who is a NYS Parolee, was remanded on a parole violation and held without bail.

An order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim. Services have been offered to the victim by the CAC. Investigator Dean was assisted by Oneida County Child Protective Services, NYS Parole, and members of the Utica Police Department Patrol Division.