Former Yankee Rusty Torres arrested

A former Yankees player was arrested by police on Long Island on charges of child sexual abuse, according to authorities.

Rosendo "Rusty" Torres, 63, is accused of abusing an 8-year-old girl, whom he was coaching, on two separate occasions.

Authorities say the 8-year-old was sexually abused inside a town-issued van in one incident. The victim’s parents reported the incident to police on Monday.

Torres was picked up at his home in Massapequa, 40 miles east of New York City, early Tuesday and was expected to be arraigned Wednesday 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, having stints with the Bombers, Indians, White Sox, Angels and Royals.

Torres was employed as a youth baseball coach for the Town of Oyster Bay where the alleged 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 representative for the Town of Oyster Bay did not immediately return calls. Family inside Torres’ home Tuesday 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."

Officials said there were no indications that Torres had any prior arrests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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