Denton, TX – Former All-Star pitcher and Yankees’ 1996 World Series MVP John Wetteland has been charged with sexually abusing a young male relative.
The alleged abuse occurred between October of 2004 and October of 2006, the New York Post reported.
The child was between four and six years old when Wetteland allegedly sexually abused him, according to the arrest affidavit.
The victim claimed he was assaulted by Wetteland when the former pitcher would return 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 said, according to the New York Post.
The baseball great has been accused of forcing the little boy to perform a sex act on him on three different occasions in the master bathroom shower of his residence.
The New York Post reported that Wetteland was living in Bartonville and serving on the Calvary Chapel board of directors when the alleged abuse occurred.
He was taken into custody Jan. 14 and posted a $25,000 bond for his release a few hours later.
Wetteland and his former wife, Michele, have four children. They divorced in 2015.
He now lives in the Dallas suburb of Trophy Club, according to ESPN.
Wetteland earned an estimated $33.5 million during his 11-year playing career.
He pitched in three All-Star games and was the 1996 World Series MVP when he pitched in five games and had four saves in leading the Yankees to victory over the Atlanta Braves in six games.
Wetteland was inducted into the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame in 2005, during the same timeframe when the alleged abuse of the child was taking place.
After that, he coached baseball at Liberty Christian School in Texas and taught Bible studies, the New York Post reported.