Pittsburgh Pirates’ all-star closer Felipe Vázquez was arrested Tuesday on a felony count of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computer services or devices, and also faces serious charges in Pennsylvania, according to statements from authorities and court documents.
Vázquez, 28, a two-time All-Star who’s among the National League leaders in saves this season, was arrested in Pittsburgh on a felony warrant from Lee County, Florida, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement statement.
He also faces one count of giving obscene material to a minor, the statement said.He did not enter a plea in court, according to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Stephen J. Limani.Vázquez was also accused Tuesday in Pennsylvania of statutory sexual assault of a person who is under the age of 16 by someone who is at least 11 years older, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older, and indecent assault on a person less than 16 years old.
The first two charges are first degree felonies.Attorneys for Vazquez provided the following comment to CNN:”We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florid charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter,” attorney Jay K. Reisinger and attorney Michael A. Comber said. “At this time, any comment would be premature.”Vázquez was denied bail, according to a spokesperson for the arraignment court in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.