Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Wetteland has been charged with sexually abusing a child under age 14, reports say.
The 52-year-old Wetteland was arrested in Texas on Monday, January 14, booked into the Denton County Jail, and then released on $25,000 bond.
Authorities did not immediately release any information about the arrest, but subsequent reports alleged that Wetteland had been abusing the same boy since the child was four.
According to Fox News:
He is accused of forcing a relative to perform a sex act on him beginning in 2004 when the child was 4 years old, the Morning News reported, citing an arrest affidavit. The accuser told police the abuse happened two more times over a two year period.
The victim claimed Wetteland would assault him when he would return from work trips, according to the New York Post. Each of the acts reportedly occurred in Wetteland’s master bedroom.
Prosecutors say that the alleged abuse occurred in Wetteland’s Bartonville, Texas, home.
“Wetteland was MVP of the 1996 World Series with the New York Yankees,” The AP reported. “The All-Star closer was 48-45 with 330 saves and a 2.93 ERA from 1989-2000, also playing for Montreal and the Dodgers.”
The Texan was later bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals and the Seattle Mariners. He ended his affiliation with Major League Baseball in 2010.
The former player also coached baseball and led Bible studies at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas.
Wetteland is still part of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, but the organization said they are keeping an eye on the situation and will make a decision about his membership at a later date.
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