He was picked up at his Massapequa home early this morning and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow on four counts of sexual abuse.
Torres played in parts of nine big-league seasons, two with the Yankees in 1971-72. He was a career .212 hitter, in stints with the Bombers, Indians, White Sox, Angels and Royals.
Torres was employed as a youth baseball coach for the Town of Oyster Bay and drove a town van where the incidents occurred, authorities said.
“The first incident involved inappropriate touching. In the second incident, there was contact but not actual sexual activity,” a law enforcement source said.
A rep for the Town of Oyster Bay did not immediately return calls. Family inside Torres’ home this afternoon declined comment.
“No way! Rusty arrested? What?” said neighbor Gus Galatatzis, 41.
“I’m floored right now. He even coached my son. He’s great. He knows everyone in the neighborhood and everyone knows him. He’s such a well known, well-liked guy, I’m speechless.”
Neighbors know Torres a affable, retired baseball player who loves restoring classic cars. A 1967 Chevelle and a 1970s Impala were in Torres driveway today.
“Rusty is such a friendly, outgoing guy, I pray to God it’s [the allegations] not true,” Galatatzis said.