Accident – Death – Obituary News : DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A shocking incident involving the scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop in Daytona Beach has come to light, as the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has accused him of molesting a 14-year-old girl. The accused scoutmaster has been identified as 48-year-old Vidal Torres, who was not only a friend of the girl’s family but also an assistant scoutmaster in her Boy Scout troop.
According to the deputies, the family discovered that Torres had engaged in “sexual contact” with the young girl and immediately reported the matter to the sheriff’s office last month. An extensive investigation was carried out, which confirmed the serious allegations against Torres. Consequently, the authorities obtained a warrant for his arrest and attempted to apprehend him at his workplace.
To their dismay, the deputies were informed upon their arrival that Torres had been absent for at least a week due to a “family emergency.” However, their determination did not waver, and they continued their efforts to locate and arrest the accused scoutmaster. Finally, a few days later when Torres returned to the area, detectives were able to find him and take him into custody.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has released body-worn camera footage of Torres’ arrest, shedding light on the moment deputies confronted him about the charges. In the video, one of the deputies can be heard asking, “You have no inkling of why you are in a pair of handcuffs, standing out here in the cold?” Torres responded, “Is it because of the text messages?”
Subsequently, during an interview with investigators, Torres confessed to the crimes, leaving no doubt about his guilt. It is worth noting that the molestation incidents did not occur during officially sanctioned Scout events.
As a result of his actions, Torres now faces charges of unlawfully using a communication device and four counts of lewd molestation. He is currently being held without bond.
News 6 has reached out to the Boy Scouts of America for a statement regarding this distressing incident but is still awaiting their response. The organization, known for its commitment to providing a safe environment for young individuals, is likely to address the issue promptly and take appropriate action to ensure the well-being of all its members.
In conclusion, the accusations against Vidal Torres, the scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop in Daytona Beach, have sent shockwaves through the community. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s swift response and thorough investigation have resulted in Torres’ arrest, bringing some measure of justice for the 14-year-old victim and her family. The Boy Scouts of America will undoubtedly take this matter seriously, reinforcing their commitment to safeguarding the welfare of all the young individuals under their care.
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