LOGAN — Sentencing for a 34-year-old Smithfield man, convicted of groping a teenage girl, has been postponed. Victor Torres will have to wait to learn his punishment after being arrested on new felony DUI charges.
Torres appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors of sexual battery.
Public defender Mike McGinnis explained that Torres was charged with a new case, following a traffic stop in April. He asked the court to postpone sentencing so they could resolve the second case and then be sentenced on both cases.
Judge Thomas Willmore granted the continuance after prosecutors said they were okay with the delay. He ordered Torres to appear August 5 on the new case.
In July 2018, Torres molested the victim multiple times. The 17-year-old girl was reportedly an acquaintance of the defendant.
Deputies began investigating the crimes after the victim’s mother learned about the relationship and reported it.
In April 2019, Smithfield City police officers conducted a traffic stop on Torres’ vehicle. He was later charged with driving under the influence, a third-degree felony. He also was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
Torres is currently out of jail, on pre-trial supervision. He could face up five-years in prison if convicted.