A former longtime Major League Baseball pitcher was arrested on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, authorities said.
The abuse allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2006, according to NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth.
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John Wetteland, 52, was arrested in Texas on Monday and released on a $25,000 bond, according to Denton County jail records.
Police in Bartonville, located about an hour outside of Dallas, issued an arrest warrant for Wetteland after investigating a tip they received on Jan. 9 from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, police said in a press release.
Wetteland played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.
A probable-cause affidavit filed on Tuesday alleges that he committed three separate assaults between October 2004 and October 2006, according to NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. The victim was allegedly 4 years old when the assault began, according to NBC5.
NBC News was unable to reach Wetteland. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.
Wetteland is best known for his time with the Yankees. He was the 1996 World Series MVP, recording four saves in that year’s Fall Classic.
Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
David K. Li
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.