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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez arrested on porn, solicitation charges in Florida

The girl was 13 when the relationship began, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says.
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez works against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Denver. Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child. Vazquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) [DAVID ZALUBOWSKI | AP]
Published Sep. 17

Pittsburgh Pirates all-star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of soliciting a Florida teenager for sexual acts, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said Tuesday.

Authorities say the 28-year-old Venezuelan national was taken into custody in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning on one count of solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors.

The FDLE said it began its investigation into Vazquez in August after agents obtained information that he had a reported sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female — now 15 — who lives in Lee County. Vázquez lives in Saint Cloud, Florida.

“Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vázquez and his subsequent arrest," said Pirates President Frank Coonelly 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 two, according to a release announcing the arrest, had a relationship via text messages that included a video sent from Vazquez in July that showed him performing “a sex act.” Authorities say that Vazquez also suggested to the victim in a text message that they would meet for sex after the baseball season was over.

Authorities did not release details on how the two met. The Pirates, however, play their spring training in Bradenton — with multiple trips to the Lee County (Fort Myers) area for games throughout March and April each year.

The Pennsylvania State Police said Vazquez was arrested without incident at his apartment. Electronic devices owned by Vazquez were obtained for further review.

Vázquez is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania but is facing extradition to Florida.

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