Pirates Closer Felipe Vazquez Arrested For Soliciting Minor

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez was arrested Tuesday for soliciting a child in Florida, providing obscene materials to a minor and one count of computer pornography.

The 28-year-old Vazquez, who lives in Saint Cloud Florida, was investigated by the FDLE beginning in August after agents had received information that he had reported sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl who is now 15.

The two continued to speak through text message with Vazquez allegedly sending her a video of him performing a sex act.

Vazquez also allegedly sent the girl messages saying they should meet for sex after the baseball season is over.

FDLE agents assisted by PA State Police with a search warrant went through Vazauez’s Pittsburgh apartment and seized several electronic devices.

He will be arraigned by an Allegheny County Magistrate Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier today Felipe Vazquez was taken into custody without incident by members of the PA State Police at his residence in Pittsburgh for a warrant out of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He’s being arraigned by an Allegheny County Magistrate this afternoon.

— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) September 17, 2019

Vaquez is currently in Allegheny County Jail and faces extradition to Lee County, Florida

Pirates Frank Coonelly released the following statement about Vazquez:

 “Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vázquez and his subsequent arrest.  We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously.  We have informed the Commissioner’s Office of the investigation and arrest.  The Commissioner’s Office will immediately place Felipe Vázquez on Administrative Leave (and, as a result, Restricted List) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy.  We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding.  As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time.”

Administrative leave is not considered discipline. Vázquez goes on the restricted list and continues to receive his salary but is ineligible to play.

There are no Felipe Vazquez banners up around PNC Park. Same for promotional materials. Not a shocking move, by any stretch.

— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) September 17, 2019

The arrest is the latest setback in a turbulent season for the franchise. Vázquez and reliever Kyle Crick were both suspended a game last week after getting into a physical altercation in San Francisco. Crick injured the index finger of his right (pitching) hand during the altercation and underwent season-ending surgery. Crick maintained Vázquez threw the first punch, with general manager Neal Huntington condemning both players for their actions.

Vazquez signed a four-year, $22-million contract with Pittsburgh before the 2018 season, with the team holding club options for 2022 and 2023.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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