A 41-year-old man suspected of engaging in an 18-month sexual relationship with a young teen-age girl was charged with sexual assault Monday by .
Jorge L. Torres was charged with second-degree sexual assault and impairing the morals of a minor. In court papers, Torres had addresses at 34 Gerthmere Drive in West Hartford and also in Wethersfield.
Police said the victim was 13-years-old and Torres was 38 when the alleged sexual encounters began in late 2008. The victim told police she ended the relationship around her 15th birthday in 2010.
An investigation began in December when West Hartford police were called to a home because of a domestic incident. Police said Torres was confronted by the victim’s father on Dec. 28 and denied the accusation, police said.
In an arrest warrant, the victim told a detective that she has known Torres since she was a small child.
Torres was initially held on $100,000 bail. He was released on $50,000 bail after appearing in Hartford Superior Court. Torres was scheduled to return to court March 26 for a plea hearing.
Torres declined to speak with police in January, referring questions to Michael Whelton, an East Hartford attorney. Torres is married and works as a mechanic in Windsor, according to court papers.
Torres and the victim had intercourse about 30 times, mainly on weekends, the victim told police. Torres allegedly told the victim they would live together when she was 18.