Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been held without bond after being charged with statutory sexual assault for allegedly trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Vazquez, 28, arrived at court in handcuffs on Wednesday after he was taken into custody last week by Pennsylvania State Police on a felony warrant issued in Lee County, Florida.
The professional baseball player had shackles around his wrists and ankles as he was escorted into the Mount Pleasant hearing by two law enforcement officers.
Vazquez was charged with six counts in Pennsylvania and Florida, including statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors, as well as a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old.
Felipe Vazquez, 28, arrived at court in handcuffs on Wednesday after he was charged with statutory sexual assault ‘for trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl’
In a short hearing on Wednesday, Westmoreland County District Judge Charles Moore ordered Vazquez to be held without bond, ABC News reported.
According to an incident report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Vazquez originally met the teenager at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, where they were photographed together outside the bullpen.
‘Shortly after she found him on social media where it escalated from there,’ the report read.
In 2017, when investigators say the victim was 13, Vazquez drove to her Pennsylvania residence, invited her into his Ford Mustang, and pulled down her pants. From there, Vazquez allegedly placed her on his lap and ‘attempted to penetrate her vagina with his penis, but was unsuccessful.’
The professional baseball player had shackles around his wrists and ankles as he was escorted into the Mount Pleasant hearing by two police officers
In a short hearing on Wednesday, Westmoreland County District Judge Charles Moore ordered Vazquez to be held without bond
According to the incident report, it remains unclear if ‘that particular incident was consensual or not,’ although the girl was underage, regardless.
Over the three years the two were in contact, the alleged victim’s family moved to Florida, where authorities ‘obtained information that Vazquez had a reported sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female.’
Vazquez was taken into custody last week by Pennsylvania State Police on a felony warrant
Vazquez is also accused of performing a sex act in a video that he sent to the girl in July, according to police. Police seized several electronic devices at his Pittsburgh apartment.
Police say the girl, who is now 15, recently received text messages from Vazquez, who reportedly suggested they could meet with each other after the season.
The Pirates have placed Vazquez on administrative leave. The team removed banners with Vazquez’s image from around PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
‘On Thursday, August 8, 2019… a female child 15 years of age received sexually explicit photographs and a video text message from Felipe Vazquez,’ the arrest affidavit read. ‘The victim was also solicited by the suspect to participate in illegal sexual conduct.
‘Although Vazquez’s face does not appear in any of the texted photographs, police were able to identify him by his tattoos. The alleged victim also repeatedly refers to him as ‘Felipe.”
The Pirates insisted it takes the charges against Vazquez ‘extremely seriously’ in a statement released last Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates insisted it takes the charges against Vazquez ‘extremely seriously’ in a statement released last Tuesday (Pictured: Felipe Vazquez earlier this month)
‘Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vázquez and his subsequent arrest,’ the statement read. ‘We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously.
‘We have informed the Commissioner’s Office of the investigation and arrest. The Commissioner’s Office will immediately place Felipe Vazquez on Administrative Leave (and, as a result, Restricted List) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy.
‘We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time.’