Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez was arrested today in Pittsburgh and is being charged with multiple felonies in two states, including statutory sexual assault.

He’s being accused of having a sexual relationship with a then 13-year-old girl in Lee County, Florida. Vazquez was initially charged with “computer pornography/soliciting a child” and “providing obscene material to minors” by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, ESPN reports.



He was arraigned this afternoon in Pittsburgh and was denied bail. Vazquez was subsequently charged in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with three felonies: Statutory sexual assault of a minor 11 years or older, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors, as well as one misdemeanor, indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old.

The FDLE began its investigation in August after obtaining information about their relationship. The girl, now 15, allegedly was continuing to have a relationship with Vazquez via text messages and received a video from him in July in which he is shown performing a sex act, according to the police statement.

The police affidavit says the girl’s mother found the texts along with photographs and the video sent by Vazquez to her daughter. On July 23rd, the mother “sent a text message, to include a screenshot of the photographs” to Vazquez to inform him that her daughter was a minor.

Vazquez has been put on administrative leave by Major League Baseball. Sources told ESPN that the league is not launching an immediate investigation because it plans to use the police’s findings in pursuing potential discipline for Vazquez.

“Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vazquez and his subsequent arrest,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “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 Vazquez 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.”

The administrative leave is pursuant to MLB’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. Vazquez will be paid while on administrative leave, but the Pirates could attempt to void his contract given the findings of the investigation.

We’ll keep you posted on any updates.