Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez is facing 21 new counts ranging from child pornography to unlawful contact with a minor following his September arrest on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez is facing 21 new counts ranging from child pornography to unlawful contact with a minor following his September arrest on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2017.
At his second preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Vazquez was hit with 10 counts of child pornography, 10 counts of unlawful contact with a minor, and a count of corruption of a minor. All of the new charges are considered third degree felonies, which can be punished by as much as seven years in prison each.
Police seized Vazquez's iPhone XS and Apple MacBook Pro during a search of his Pennsylvania residence, leading to the discovery of seven photographs and three videos of a girl in 'various stages of nudity,' according to the police complaint.
Vazquez, 28, had requested the photos and videos, according to police.
He was initially arrested in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in September on charges filed in Florida, where the alleged victim now resides.
Local prosecutors had requested that Vazquez be extradited to Florida, but a judge has denied the motion.
'He will stay until the charges are disposed of in this county,' Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rita Hathaway said, as quoted by TribLive.com.
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez arrives for his arraignment at the Mt. Pleasant office of District Judge Charles D. Moore on Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Pennsylvania authorities began investigating Vazquez in August after being contacted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The alleged victim's mother contacted Florida officials after learning of an alleged sexual relationship between Vazquez and her daughter.
According to an incident report from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the two originally met at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, where they were photographed together outside the bullpen when she was 13.
'Shortly after she found him on social media where it escalated from there,' the report read.
Vazquez told police he drove to meet the girl in Scottdale, Pennsylvania in 2017 when she was 13. He says he pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her, but told police he then left because he needed to attend a game that night, according to the complaint.
The native of Venezuela admitted to continuing to text the girl, who is now 15, and even told state troopers that he