Former director of Firebaugh Boys & Girls Club faces new charges

The former director of the Firebaugh Boys and Girls Club, who was arrested earlier this year for sex crimes, is back in jail Mandy and facing new allegations.
December 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The former director of the Firebaugh Boys & Girls Club, who was arrested earlier this year for sex crimes, is back in jail and facing new allegations.

Juan Torres was already on a GPS monitor and on house arrest for the federal case that is ongoing. But now he is in jail for a new sexual assault charge with another victim.

The Firebaugh Boys & Girls Club is currently closed for maintenance and repairs. But the community center has continued serving the children of Firebaugh under new direction.

Juan Torres, known as "Happy," is dominating chatter in Firebaugh once again, just as the small town begins to move on from his shocking arrest earlier this year.

Diana Hernandez lives next door to the club. She has also known happy the entire seven years he worked for the club. She is still surprised by the allegations.

"I don't know how to say it but I didn't think he would be like that," Hernandez said.

Sheriff's deputies say the latest arrest stems from evidence they collected during their initial investigation back in October.

"It was further investigation developed this new information. Detectives followed up with that information on Friday afternoon and shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, Juan Torres was contacted at his residence," said Sgt. Jeff Kertson, Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Neighbors say they have seen little of Torres since he got out of jail after his October arrest and was basically ordered to stay home. The recent crime is alleged to have happened during the spring or summer of this year.

Hernandez said it's been difficult to watch Torres go from such a community servant to an alleged criminal.

"A little upset because he was a cool guy, like he helped a lot of kids. I'm pretty sure he helped a lot of kids but it's upsetting to think he would do something like that," Hernandez said.

Torres remains in jail and deputies believe there could still be victims who have not come forward. The federal charges alone carry a 10 year to life sentence. The new state charges could also add additional time.


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