September 26, 2021

Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez denied bail, faces 21 new felony charges (ESPN)

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been denied bail and is facing 21 additional felony counts from his alleged sexual assault of a minor.

The bail decision and announcement of additional charges were made at a Tuesday hearing in a Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, courtroom.

The new charges consist of 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, 10 counts of child pornography and one count of corruption of a minor.

Vazquez pleaded not guilty to the charges and his new attorney, Robert Wheelock, said he plans to defend Vazquez on the merits of the case, despite the evidence presented against him.

Wheelock gave an indication while cross-examining a state trooper that he may present evidence that the alleged victim lied about her age and may have shown Vazquez a fake ID. Wheelock declined to elaborate or comment after the hearing.

Vazquez did not speak during the hearing. His only reaction after bail was denied was to audibly sigh.

He will be formally arraigned in Pennsylvania on Jan. 22.

Vazquez, who was arrested in September, faces multiple felonies in both Pennsylvania and Florida. He had previously been charged with three felonies in Pennsylvania — statutory sexual…

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