Former MLB pitcher Felipe Vazquez was sentenced to up to four years in prison today after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, according to the NY Post.
A Westmoreland County, Pa. jury had convicted the 29-year-old, two-time Pirates All-Star on 15 counts, including statutory sexual assault, sexual abuse of children, child pornography and corruption of minors.
When Vazquez was arrested in September 2019, he told police that he had “sex but not really” with the girl in 2017, according to a Pennsylvania criminal complaint. The girl testified they had sex in his car outside her home hours before a Pirates game. They reportedly struck up a relationship on social media and Vazquez’s defense had argued that the girl misled him about her age.
Vazquez who signed a four-year, $22.5 million contract with Pittsburgh prior to the 2018 season, was named an All-Star in 2018 and 2019.
The sentencing of two-to-four years in prison includes an additional two years of probation, according to TMZ.