Felipe Vazquez has admitted he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl.
The 28-year-old Venezuelan professional baseball star who was arrested on Tuesday, September 17, said he drove to the house of the girl in 2017 and engaged in sexual activity with her in his car.
According to a criminal complaint released by the Pennsylvania State Police, Vazquez admitted that he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl hours before a game in 2017 and exchanged nude photographs and videos with her.
He has been charged with three felonies, including statutory sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor. The age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16.
Vazquez was also charged with computer pornography offenses in Florida.
In the criminal complaint, Vazquez told police that the girl first contacted him on Instagram in 2017, but an incident report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said Vazquez met the girl in person at the Pirates’ stadium, where the two took a picture together outside the bullpen.
He reportedly told authorities he initially declined to communicate with the girl on social media because of how young she looked, but after she began sending him nude photographs, he responded by sending her nude photographs of himself.
The authorities said at a news conference that the girl, who is now 15, was the victim in both the Pennsylvania and Florida cases. Vazquez was held without bond in an Allegheny County jail after a judge denied him bail on Tuesday.