Ex-MLB pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sexual abuse charge

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Former Texas Rangers Pitcher John Wetteland Arrested On Child Sexual Abuse Charge

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Former major-league pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on a child sex abuse charge Monday in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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Wetteland, 52, who spent 12 years pitching in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records.

Wetteland, who lives in Trophy Club, Texas, was booked and released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond, WFAA reported.

Wetteland spent most of his baseball career as a closer, earning 330 saves and compiling a 2.93 ERA. He was the closer for the Yankees' 1996 World Series champions and was named the series' most valuable player. He had an American League-leading 43 saves in 1996.

Wetteland is a member of the Rangers' Hall of Fame, the Morning News reported.

The case was being investigated by police in Bartonville, according to the newspaper.