San Luis Police Lieutenant faces three felony charges

San Luis Police Lieutenant faces three felony charges

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San Luis, AZ--A police lieutenant accused of stalking a teenager has his day in court.

San Luis Police Department police Lieutenant Gerardo Torres was in Yuma County Justice court  in San Luis, out of custody after he posted bond of $37,500 last week.

The lieutenant is charged with one count of stalking and two counts of kidnapping.

Court documents state the 41-year-old stalked his alleged victim from May of last year until the beginning of this year.

Documents state Torres contacted her at her work place and continuously followed her home after she left work.

It also states on Halloween Day, Torres committed kidnapping by restraining the 19-year old victim and another female with the intent to interfere with performance of a government or political function.

"We currently have an internal investigation going on so we're waiting for all the facts to gather from the investigation that YCSO is holding," Officer Miguel Alvarez, spokesman for San Luis Police Department said. "In order to make a decision as to where our internal investigations can go through."

Alvarez said lieutenant Torres is currently on administrative leave with pay.

He said Torres has been with the department for 11 years and for a few years was a spokesman for the department.

"We're not concerned about reputation, we are a transparent agency were are open for anything, any questions that the public has about our department," Alvarez said. "Mostly it's the morale of our department, its a hard time to see one of our own arrested or being investigated."

Court documents obtained state Torres is a youth minister in Mexico where he also owns a home.

The judge ordered Torres to not leave Arizona.

Torres will be back in court for a preliminary hearing next month.


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