Major League Baseball player Felipe Vazquez arrested for solicitation of Florida child

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez on Thursday Sept. 12 2019 in San Francisco

From other publicly released materials, it appears that other charges relating to the unlawful relationship with a child could also be filed.

The Florida agency began investigating Vazquez in August after receiving reports that he had been involved in a sexual relationship with a teenager since she was 13 years old in Lee County, located in southwestern Florida.

The girl, now 15, allegedly received a text message from Vazquez in July in which he was performing a sex act.

The police affidavit, obtained by ESPN, says the girl's mother found texts, photographs, and a graphic video sent by Vazquez on her daughter's phone.

Investigators served a warrant on Vazquez's Pittsburgh apartment on Tuesday morning.

Following the arrest, police seized electronic devices that will be examined as part of the investigation. Additional charges are dependent upon completion of forensic exams. His arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with one count of computer pornography-solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.

Vazquez is now awaiting extradition to Florida. "We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously". The commissioner's office has authority to place players on paid administrative leave, in seven-day increments, pursuant to the collectively bargained Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. We have informed the Commissioner's Office of the investigation and arrest.

The Pirates announced that Vazquez will immediately be placed on the restricted list.

Vazquez then made his first All-Star appearance in 2018 after going 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA, recording a 2.70 ERA while giving up 63 hits and totaling 89 strikeouts across 70 frames.



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