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The Hillsboro man inappropriately touched and recorded the teenage victim changing clothes using a hidden camera.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Jose Luis TorresA Washington County Jury on Tuesday, May 12, found Jose Luis Torres of Hillsboro guilty of sexually abusing and video-recording a teenage victim changing clothes with a hidden camera.

The investigation began in September 2019 after the victim's mother found hidden camera footage on Torres' phone showing her daughter, the Washington County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

"The victim's mother immediately called the Hillsboro Police (Department)," the District Attorney's Office said. "When police responded, the mother also alerted police to an incident involving the defendant and the victim from the previous year in which the victim reported inappropriate touching by the defendant."

The victim was under the age of 14 when the abuse began, according to court records.

Torres' charges included two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

Investigators determined Torres placed three hidden cameras throughout the house, including one in the victim's room.

"When confronted by police, the defendant admitted to placing the cameras inside the home in what he described as an effort to keep tabs on those living there," the District Attorney's Office said.

In Oregon, Torres' convictions carry a cumulative maximum sentence of 100 years in prison.

A sentencing hearing for Torres is set for July 1. Torres will remain in custody until that time.

Hillsboro Police Detective Cheryl Banks investigated the case. Senior Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver prosecuted the case before Judge Erik Buchér.


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