Pirates all-star closer Felipe Vazquez charged with soliciting a minor

Felipe Vazquez

Felipe Vazquez arrested, charged with solicitation of a child, providing obscene material to minors

Officials say Vasquez was arrested on 1 count of "computer pornography - solicitation of a child" and 1 count of "providing obscene material to minors".

In a statement, FDLE said Vazquez - an all-star closer this season and in 2018 - was taken into custody in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning after an investigation into whether he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl in Lee County, Fla.

The girl allegedly received a text message from Vazquez in July which showed him performing a sex act.

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Police seized several electronic devices when Vazquez was arrested. Additional charges are dependent upon completion of forensic exams.

Vazquez was taken to the Allegheny County Jail, where he faces extradition to Lee County. Vazquez will be extradited to Florida. His arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. The Pirates said they have informed the Major League Baseball commissioner's office and expect Vazquez to be placed on administrative leave.

CBS Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA reports the Pittsburgh Pirates released a statement saying they are placing Vazquez on administrative leave. Frank Coonelly, the Pirates' president, said the franchise is taking the matter "extremely seriously", but no one involved in the organization can comment any further since it's an ongoing legal proceeding.

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Vazquez will be paid while on administrative leave, but the Pirates could attempt to void his contract.

The Pirates announced that Vazquez will immediately be placed on the restricted list. He last pitched on Thursday in San Francisco. Crick maintained Vazquez threw the first punch, with general manager Neal Huntington condemning both players for their actions. "I have a 14-year-old sister. Until due process is completely played out, we're hoping that this stuff's not true".

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