Ex-instructor who engaged in illicit sex with Riverside girl sentenced

A former teacher who molested a Riverside high school girl was sentenced Friday, Oct. 8, to two years felony probation and nine months in a work release program. John Torrez, 27, of Loma Linda pleaded no contest in May to two counts each of oral copulation of a minor and unlawful intercourse with a person under 18 years old. Prosecutors objected to the plea, which was directed to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who overruled the objection. The term of probation and work release stipulation were handed down by the judge after she considered a Department of Probation report on Torrez’s offenses. Work release mandates that a defendant remain employed, attend school or volunteer time during the period defined by the judge. “Our office filed a brief requesti
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