Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco was arrested Monday within the Dominican Republic after being interviewed by prosecutors investigating him for an alleged relationship with a minor, in line with an official within the Puerto Plata province prosecutor’s workplace.
Franco appeared earlier than prosecutors whereas accompanied by two attorneys, days after not displaying up for a gathering with prosecutor Olga Din Llaveras, in line with the official, who spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity as a result of the individual was not licensed to debate the case. The official mentioned the interview lasted practically three hours.
Llaveras had initially requested Franco seem Dec. 28, two days after prosecutors and police visited two of Franco’s properties in Ban, the All-Star participant’s hometown some 37 miles (60 kilometers) southwest of the capital, to request his look. They didn’t discover the 22-year-old participant there. Authorities have launched little details about the case as a result of it includes a minor.
Franco should be introduced earlier than a choose inside 24 hours, in line with Dominican regulation. Franco’s U.S. lawyer, Jay Reisinger, declined remark. The AP was not in a position to attain Franco’s attorneys within the Dominican Republic.
Wander Franco nonetheless beneath investigation
The Dominican Republic’s prosecutors’ workplace mentioned on Aug. 14 that Franco was beneath investigation due to postings on his social media channels suggesting he had a relationship with a minor. The AP has not been in a position to confirm the reported posts.
Franco was positioned on administrative depart by Main League Baseball in August beneath its the joint home violence, sexual assault and baby abuse coverage with the gamers’ affiliation.
He was paid and obtained service time whereas on administrative depart. There isn’t a timetable for a conclusion of MLB‘s investigation and whether or not the outcomes of the probe would possibly result in self-discipline by MLB.