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L-R: Christopher Jose Torres, Tiffany Marie Roman, (arrested) Birma Antonia Pabon (being sought)
Courtesy of Statesville Police Department

Man Charged With Sex Offenses, Child Abuse, Another Suspect Arrested & Third Person Sought

26-year-old Christopher Jose Torres and 28-year-old Tiffany Marie Roman, both of Statesville, were arrested by Statesville Police Officers. Torres is charged with ten felony counts of statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger along with a single count of felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious physical injury. Roman is charged with felony accessory after the fact. 52-year-old Birma Antonia Pabon of Statesville was being sought on that same charge.

On February 17, 2024, the Statesville Police Department responded to a call from Iredell Memorial Hospital concerning a 13-month-old child who was brought in unresponsive. The child was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment. Christopher Jose Torres who is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, reported finding the child unresponsive after a ride around Statesville with his daughters. However, the investigation by the Violent Crime Unit revealed inconsistencies in Torres’ statement. Interviews with the child’s mother indicated that she had left the child in Torres’ care while she went to work.

Torres claimed the child sustained injuries from a fall and being struck by a baby doll, but medical assessments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center indicated intentional injuries, including two brain bleeds and bruising. Investigators determined that Torres’ explanation did not align with the severity or nature of the child’s injuries.

Investigators learned of a sexual relationship between Torres, 21-years-old at the time of the incident, and a juvenile who was 15-years-old, resulting in the statutory rape charges. The Department of Social Services secured a court order to assume custody of Torres’ three juvenile daughters.

On March 5, Torres was apprehended by the United States Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force at a family member’s residence in Davie County. Torres was transported to the Iredell County Jail where he was being held under $1,250,000 secured bond.

On March 7, the Department of Social Services conducted forensic interviews with Torres’ daughters, uncovering crucial details about the incident. The interviews revealed that Birma Antonia Pabon and Tiffany Marie Roman, who are the child’s grandmother and aunt respectively, had coached the children to provide false information. Warrants were issued for Birma Antonia Pabon and Tiffany Marie Roman for Felony Accessory After the Fact. Tiffany Marie Roman was apprehended by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department on March 11. Birma Antonia Pabon’s whereabouts remained unknown.

Torres was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was being held under $1,250,000 secured bond. Roman was given a $30,000 secured bond but was not listed as an inmate. Torres has a District Court date March 19, Roman is scheduled to appear is District Court April 2.

The 13-month-old child has been discharged from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center but will require ongoing physical therapy. The investigation into this matter is currently ongoing, and it remains a possibility that additional charges may be brought forth at the conclusion of the investigation.