Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Jan. 9) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with sex crimes against a developmentally disabled 12-year-old girl left sometimes in his care.
Torey Hobson was charged with one count of first-degree rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Hobson, 31, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if found guilty as charged.
Hobson was free on a $5,000 bond at the time of his indictment. Criminal District Judge Karen Herman set a $500,000 bond on the rape charge, and deferred a bond setting on the indecent behavior count to the section judge to whom Hobson’s case eventually is allotted.
Hobson was arrested on the night of Aug. 12, 2019, after a relative of the victim told New Orleans police he returned to a Central City home around 10 p.m. to find Hobson cuddling on a couch with the girl, viewing pornography on his cellphone with his penis exposed.
The relative said he angrily chased Hobson out of the house, and that the suspected sex offender was struck by a car as he fled in the 2400 block of Sixth Street. Hobson was treated for minor injuries and was arrested about two hours later during an interview at NOPD headquarters.
The victim described being forced to perform oral sex on Hobson once she was left alone with him on the night of the incident.
Assistant District Attorney Alicia Bennette presented the case to the grand jury.
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