MLB star formally charged with human trafficking and sexual exploitation after alleged relationship with 14-year-old

MLB star formally charged with human trafficking and sexual exploitation after alleged relationship with 14-year-old


Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco was formally charged with sex crimes in the Dominican Republic after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old.

The young player was charged with sexual abuse, sexual exploitation against a minor, and human trafficking. The charges reportedly carry a potential sentence of up to 20 years.

It was previously reported that an anonymous tip provided to the authorities in July 2023 eventually ignited an investigation against Franco. The anonymous individual said that he or she had seen a media post that alluded to the possibility that Franco was in a relationship with the 14-year-old girl.

‘Our investigation remains open, and we will continue to closely monitor the case.’

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The 23-year-old shortstop was placed on administrative leave, a deal that was

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