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NYC man pleads guilty in kidnapping of Hudson Falls 12-year-old girl

April 11, 2019 07:25 PM

FORT EDWARD - George Torres pleaded guilty to kidnapping Thursday afternoon.

The Staten Island man drove to Hudson Falls last September to pick up a 12-year-old girl he'd been messaging with on Facebook.

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He brought her back to the city, fondled her and ultimately left her at the Staten Island Ferry station, where she ended up being raped by another man.

The search resulted in a nationwide Amber Alert that ended when the girl was found in New York City.

"Rather than drag this on any further, and cause any more harm to anybody, he wanted to enter the plea today," said John Murphy, the attorney for Torres.

The 20-year old man is confined to a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the waist down in accident as a child. He pleaded guilty to the full indictment against him, turning down a plea deal.

Torres will be sentenced May 17 and he's received no promises from Judge Kelly McKeighan as to what that sentence will be.

He faces a minimum of five years in state prison and a maximum of 25. He initially claimed he had no idea the girl was underage.

"I don't know what George Torres knows or doesn't know, but I will say based on our review of all of the information, there was nothing innocent nor accidental," said Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan.

Jordan says that when Torres learned her age, he didn't bring her home, instead dropping her at the Staten Island Ferry station where she met a 20-year-old man who had sex with her.

Jordan says the case underscores the dangers of social media. "This the perfect storm where you match a predator with a vulnerable child."

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