Police arrested Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 17, after he was charged with multiple felonies related to an illicit relationship with a 13-year-old girl, ESPN reported.
Vazquez, 27, whose nickname is “Nightmare,” is a two-time All-Star in Major League Baseball (MLB) and is among the National League leaders in saves this season, was allegedly involved with the now-15-year-old girl for at least two years.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began investigating after the victim’s mother discovered text messages, photographs, and a video of himself performing a sex act sent to her daughter by Vazquez.
The new court papers describe the lefty All-Star’s illegal relationship with the teen—including the alleged assault on August 2017.
Vazquez told investigators he drove his red Ford Mustang roughly an hour from Pittsburgh to the girl’s home in Scottsdale, Pennsylvania, and admitted they had sexual intercourse inside of his vehicle.
When he was questioned by police, he admitted to having “sex but not really” with the girl because it was cut short.
Vazquez was charged with felony counts of statutory sexual assault of a minor 11 years or older, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, as well as a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old.
He also has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors out of Florida.
The judge ordered him held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh and said that additional charges from both Pennsylvania and Florida were expected to be filed soon.
According to ESPN, MLB placed the Pirates pitcher on paid administrative leave.