Ex-pediatrician deemed incompetent to stand trial after 98 counts of sex crime charges | WDVM25 & DCW50

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) – A Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday that a Frederick man is incompetent to stand trial after 98 counts of sex crimes against 19 different underage victims.

Ernesto Cesar Torres, 70, a former pediatrician, was indicted in December 2019 for violations from July 2001 to April 2019. On June 23 this year, there was a hearing before Circuit Court Judge Julie Stevenson Solt on the competency of Torres.

Ex-pediatrician Torres detained without bond on 98 counts of sex crimes

dr. Danielle Robinson, the state’s expert psychiatrist with the Maryland Department of Health, believed he had jurisdiction to face charges. Torres’ psychiatrist, Dr. Christiane Tellefsen, disagreed, saying Torres couldn’t because of a delusional disorder that led him to believe in “an evil black witch,” according to a release from the state’s attorney for Frederick County.

State attorney Charlie Smith said in the press release: “It is very frustrating that these countless victims will not be able to confront the defendant and not have their day in court. It often provides some closure and aids in the healing process.”

Torres will be held in a hospital under the supervision of the DOH.

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