Hancock man pleads guilty to exposing himself to boys he was baby-sitting

Posted Dec. 24, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.
Joseph Torrey
Hancock County Jail
Joseph Torrey

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A 20-year-old Hancock man will spend nine months behind bars after exposing himself to two minor boys and asking them to perform sexual acts while he was baby-sitting.

Joseph Torrey pleaded guilty to two counts of visual sexual aggression in Hancock County Superior Court on Friday, Dec. 21. As part of a plea agreement, Torrey was sentenced to three years imprisonment with all but nine months suspended and six years of probation.

According to an affidavit filed by Hancock County District Attorney’s Detective Stephen McFarland, Torrey in November told police he took out his penis and showed it to two brothers while baby-sitting the children in September at a home in Hancock.

According the affidavit, Torrey also admitted to asking the children to perform a sexual act on him, and to watching pornography with the children in the room. The two boys told police that Torrey had offered them $50 to perform the sex acts, but Torrey denied this.

Torrey was arrested on Dec. 5, after a DA investigation. After his nine-month sentence ends, he will be subject to a laundry list of probation conditions including: submission to random searches for sexually oriented material; sex-offender evaluation and treatment; no contact with children under 16 years old, others on probation or parole, or his victims or their family; and no viewing or possession of pornography, or use of the Internet. He also must live where directed by his probation officer.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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