Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez arrested on charges of child solicitation
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez was arrested on charges of soliciting a child, authorities announced Tuesday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) arrested the 29-year-old athlete from Saint Cloud, Fla., for "one count of computer pornography — solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors."

Vázquez was taken into custody in Pittsburgh and Florida authorities, with the Pennsylvania State Police, served a search warrant on the player’s apartment.


The arrest comes after Florida official learned in August that Vázquez was allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female who lives in Lee County, Fla.

“The victim, now 15 years of age, was continuing to have a relationship with Vazquez via text messaging and received a video in July from him in which he is shown performing a sex act,” the FDLE wrote in a statement. “Additionally, Vazquez allegedly sent the victim text messages suggesting they would meet for sex after his baseball season was over.”

Vázquez may face additional charges after forensic exams are completed.

He is currently at Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Jail awaiting extradition to Florida.

Pirates President Frank Coonelly said in a statement that Vázquez was immediately placed on administrative leave by the MLB Commissioner’s Office.

“We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously,” Coonelly said.

He noted that the team, staff and players cannot comment any further on Vázquez’s arrest.

“We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding,” he wrote.

Originally from San Felipe, Venezuela, Vázquez is known by his nickname “Nightmare,” according to the Pirates’ website.

He made his MLB debut in 2015 and spent one year with the Washington Nationals before being traded to Pittsburgh. Vázquez is the Pirates’ full-time closer and was selected to the All-Star Game both in 2018 and 2019.