PITTSBURGH -- Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was arrested Tuesday on charges of computer pornography -- solicitation of a child, and providing obscene material to minors.
Vázquez, 28, was taken into custody in the Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday morning, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, on a felony warrant out of Lee County in Florida. Vázquez, who resides in the offseason in St. Cloud, Fla., will be extradited to Lee County.
Felipe Vázquez arrested on Child Pornography, put on restricted list
“Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vázquez and his subsequent arrest,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously. We have informed the Commissioner’s Office of the investigation and arrest. The Commissioner’s Office will immediately place Felipe Vázquez on Administrative Leave (and, as a result, Restricted List) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy.
“We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time.”
The investigation into Vázquez began in August, according to the FDLE, after agents obtained information that Vázquez had a reported sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female victim who resides in Lee County. The victim, now 15 years old, continued to have a relationship with Vázquez via text messaging, according to police.
FDLE agents and Pennsylvania State Police served a search warrant on Tuesday at Vázquez’s apartment in Pittsburgh and seized several electronic devices to examine as part of the investigation, according to police. Additional charges are dependent upon completion of forensic exams.
Adam Berry /MLB.com

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