Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland, who was selected as the 1996 World Series' Most Valuable Player, was arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, reported the Dallas Morning News and other media. The child reportedly was a male relative between the ages of 4 and 6 when the alleged abuse occurred in 2004-06.
"Wetteland is accused of forcing the boy to perform a sex act on him 'on three separate occasions between the years of 2004-2006,'" reported the New York Post. "'Each of these three acts occurred while they were in the master bathroom shower located at [his] residence.'”
Wetteland, 52, posted a $25,000 bond on Monday and was released.
According to The Post, Wetteland is a born-again Christian who has struggled with drugs and alcohol since he was a young man.
Wetteland's baseball record shows that he was a three-time All-Star (1996, 1998, 1999); a World Series champion (1996); a World Series MVP (1996); and a Texas Rangers Hall of Fame member.
Wetteland, over his career, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, and the Texas Rangers.
Wetteland and his ex-wife have four children.