Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez was detained after he was accused of legal sexual abuse for alleged attempt to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Vazquez, 28, was handcuffed on Wednesday after being detained by the Pennsylvania state police last week for a warrant in Lee County, Florida.
The professional baseball player had shackles around his wrists and ankles while being accompanied by two law enforcement officers to the Mount Pleasant hearing.
Vazquez was charged with six counts in Pennsylvania and Florida, including legal sexual abuse, illegal contact with a minor and corruption of minors, as well as a crime of indecent abuse of a person under the age of 16.
Felipe Vazquez, 28, arrived handcuffed in court on Wednesday after being accused of legal sexual abuse because he was trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl & # 39;
In a brief hearing on Wednesday, the Westmoreland district judge, Charles Moore, ordered Vazquez to be detained without a bond, ABC news reported.
According to an Lee County Sheriff & # 39; s Office incident report, Vazquez originally met the teenager at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, where they were photographed together outside the bullpen.
& # 39; Shortly after she found him on social media where it escalated from there, & # 39; read the report.
In 2017, when researchers say the victim was 13, Vazquez drove to her hometown in Pennsylvania, invited her into his Ford Mustang and pulled down her pants. From there, Vazquez allegedly placed her on his lap and & # 39; tried to penetrate her vagina with his penis, but this was unsuccessful & # 39 ;.
The professional baseball player had shackles around his wrists and ankles while being accompanied to the Mount Pleasant Hearing by two police officers
In a brief hearing on Wednesday, the Westmoreland district judge, Charles Moore, ordered Vazquez to be detained without a bond
According to the incident report, it remains unclear whether & # 39; that specific incident was consensual or not & # 39; although the girl was a minor anyway.
During the three years that the two were in contact, the alleged victim's family moved to Florida, where the authorities & # 39; received information that Vazquez had a reported sexual relationship with a 13-year-old woman. & # 39;
Vazquez was detained by the Pennsylvania State Police last week on the basis of a warrant
Vazquez is also accused of performing a sexual act in a video that, according to police, he sent to the girl in July. The police seized various electronic devices in his apartment in Pittsburgh.
Police say the girl, now 15, has recently received text messages from Vazquez, who allegedly suggested they could meet after the season.
The Pirates have placed Vazquez on administrative leave. The team removed banners with the Vazquez image on Tuesday around PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
& # 39; On Thursday, August 8, 2019 … a 15-year-old female child received sexually explicit photos and a video text message from Felipe Vazquez, & # 39; read the arrest statement. & # 39; The victim was also asked by the suspect to participate in illegal sexual behavior.
& # 39; Although Vazquez's face does not appear on any text photo, the police could recognize him by his tattoos. The alleged victim also calls him repeatedly & # 39; Felipe & # 39 ;.
The Pirates insisted that the charges against Vazquez & # 39; extremely serious & # 39; takes in a statement released last Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates insisted that the charges against Vazquez & # 39; extremely serious & # 39; takes in a statement released last Tuesday (Pictured: Felipe Vazquez earlier this month)
& # 39; Today we were informed of an active law enforcement investigation with Felipe Vázquez and his subsequent arrest & # 39 ;, said the statement. & # 39; We take this issue, and especially these allegations, extremely seriously.
& # 39; We have informed the commissioner's office of the investigation and the arrest. The office of the statutory auditor will immediately place Felipe Vazquez on administrative leave (and therefore a limited list) under the common MLB / MLBPA policy.
& # 39; We must respect all involved and the ongoing legal proceedings. As a result, the organization, our employees and players cannot provide any further comments at this time. & # 39;
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