As many as new charges will be faced by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Filipe Vazquez.
According to NY Daily News, authorities in Westmoreland County, Pa., filed 21 new charges against Vázquez on Tuesday, including 10 counts of child pornography and 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. The 28-year-old already was facing charges including statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors.
He also faces charges in Florida that came out from his relationship with a girl there. However, a request to extradite him to Florida was denied. He was also denied a bail and he remains in custody in Westmoreland County Prison. A formal arraignment for the pitcher is scheduled for January 22.
Felipe Vazquez is a pitcher who started his Major League Baseball (MLB) career in 2015 after playing six years in the Minor leagues.
Vazquez, a Venezuela born, started his minor league in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays, after he signed as an international free agent.
He was traded to the Washington Nationals of the MLB in 2014, but an elbow injury meant that he had to wait a season longer to play for them. And a season later, he moved to Pittsburgh Pirates, where he is currently suspended, and arrested on 21 charges.
His arrest now isn’t the first in his career. He has been involved in a few cases of child abuse and child pornography.
In September earlier this year, Vázquez was arrested on charges of computer pornography, alleging him of providing obscene material to minors. These charges were with regard to an alleged sexual relationship he had with a 13-year-old female from Lee County, Florida. On the same day, Vázquez was charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.