CRIME
03/29/2019 15:36 EDT | Updated 03/30/2019 13:46 EDT

Former World Series MVP John Wetteland Indicted On Child Sex Charges

Texas authorities allege the retired pitcher sexually abused a relative under the age of 14.

A former major league pitcher has been indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

John Wetteland, 52, is accused of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14, according to USA Today.

Authorities said Wetteland forced a young relative to perform a sex act on him starting in 2004 when the child was four.

Wetteland’s accuser said the assaults happened twice more during a two-year period.

Police first arrested Wetteland on suspicion of child sexual abuse in January after the Bartonville Police Department received information from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“Based on the initial investigation an arrest warrant was obtained,” Bartonville Police Chief Bobby Dowellsaid in a statement.

Wetteland was later released on $25,000 bail.

In 1996, Wetteland was chosen Most Valuable Player of the World Series after he posted four saves and helped the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves, according to the Associated Press.

 

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