- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

HEMPSTEAD. N.Y. (AP) - Prosecutors described a former major league outfielder accused of sexually abusing two 8-year-olds as a man with a “depraved appetite” for young girls.

In opening statements at his trial Wednesday, a prosecutor said Rosendo “Rusty” Torres had inappropriate contact with the victims when he coached them between 2008 and 2012.

But Torres’ lawyer said his client was not a predator. Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1pcZU2D ) says he called him a beloved retired player who mentored thousands of children after his career ended.

Torres was a youth baseball coach for Oyster Bay Town.

The Massapequa (mas-uh-PEEK’-wuh) resident was arrested in 2012. He was indicted on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Torres played for five major league teams from 1971-1980. He had a .212 lifetime batting average.

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