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Old 01-15-2019, 01:36 PM
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Former World Series MVP John Wetteland charged with sex abuse

Former Yankees star closer John Wetteland’s life in retirement as a bible studies teacher has taken a sickening turn.

The 1996 World Series MVP was arrested Monday in suburban Dallas on a child sex abuse charge.

According to a Dallas Morning News report, Wetteland, 52, “is accused of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records.”

Wetteland was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Wetteland resides in Trophy Club, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. He’s a father of four children and divorced in 2015.

Wetteland was a star closer for the Yankees in 1996 and named MVP of the World Series after saving all four wins over the Atlanta Braves, but he was a free agent after the season and not resigned because his setup reliever in ’96 was an emerging star named Mariano Rivera.

The disturbing news on Wetteland comes a week before Rivera will be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, possibly as the first-ever unanimously.

Wetteland left the Yankees for the Texas Rangers – he signed a four-year, $23-million contract – and went on to become the franchise’s all-time saves leader despite an elbow injury in 1999 leading to a decrease in velocity.

Wetteland retired following the 2000 season as a three-time All-Star with 330 saves, which currently ranks 15th all-time. He was inducted into the Rangers’ Hall of Fame in 2002.

In retirement, the born-again Christian taught Bible studies at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas for a stretch, but no longer is affiliated with the school, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Wetteland also held – and lost – two major league bullpen coach positions since ending his playing career.

While with the Seattle Mariners, Wetteland was taken to a hospital in November 2009 after sheriffs arrived at his home in Bartonville, Texas responding to a “mental health issue” call that reportedly included a suicide threat.

Wetteland reportedly exited his home with his hands in the air while proclaiming, “I need help.”

The Mariners later issued a statement indicating Wetteland’s medical problem was due to elevated blood pressure and heart rate.

Mariners later released a statement saying the issue was related to elevated blood pressure and heart rate.

Three years earlier, Wetteland was fired by Nationals manager Frank Robinson for playing practical jokes while working in the bullpen.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:33 PM
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Yankee great John Wetteland, who was MVP of the 1996 World Series as the team’s closer, was arrested this week on charges he sexually abused a male relative, officials said.

The 52-year-old abused the boy from October 2004 to October 2006 — when he was between the ages of 4 and 6, according to his arrest affidavit.

He posted $25,000 bond and was released Monday just hours after being taken into custody.

Wetteland — who also played for the Rangers from 1997 to 2000 after a two-year stint with the Yanks — was living in Texas at the time of the alleged abuse.

The victim claims to have been assaulted by Wetteland when he would return home from work trips.

“[The victim] stated that his [attacker] was gone most of the year for work responsibilities and would return for about a month at a time,” the affidavit states.
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Wetteland is accused of forcing the boy to perform a sex act on him “on three separate occasions between the years of 2004-2006. Each of these three acts occurred while they were in the master bathroom shower located at [his] residence.”
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Old 01-16-2019, 01:00 AM
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how the fuck is someone out on only 25k when this is the crime?

Just unreal
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:49 AM
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By no means am I minimizing what he is accused of doing, but I am always a bit skeptical of charges relating to events that allegedly occurred between thirteen (13) and fifteen (15) years ago.

I don't practice criminal law, and I certainly don't practice any law at all in the great State of Texas, but I have to believe that some or all of these charges are outside of the applicable statute of limitations.
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I agree how the Hell can he get a 25,000 bond but he could probable post a 125,000 bond. So How the hell do we let people like this out or around kids? I don't know the answer ? This is a terrible situation. What are the suggestions?
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