John Wetteland charged with sex abuse of a child

The former major leaguer is accused of sexual abuse of a child between October 2004 and October 2006.
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John Wetteland pitches for the Texas Rangers in a game against the Cleveland Indians on April 16, 2000.Harry How / Allsport via Getty Images

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By Doha Madani and David K. Li

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.

John Wetteland, who was arrested, Jan. 14, 2019, in Texas and charged with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14.Denton County Jail via AP

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.