Pirates closer Felipe Vasquez is facing charges for an alleged sexual relationship with an underage girl.
Florida authorities say the 29-year-old Vasquez sent a video of him performing a sex act to the 15-year-old victim, as well as text messages suggesting they would meet for sex after the season was over. He’s accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl since she was 13 years of age.
Vasquez was arrested Tuesday in Pittsburgh and is currently behind bars awaiting extradition to Florida. The Pirates have placed Vasquez on leave and released a statement saying they take the charges “very seriously”.
Vasquez is a two-time All-Star who joined the Pirates in 2016.