The life of a high-level professional athlete is like living like royalty.
Coddled athletes are often allowed to do anything they want as long as they produce on the field.
But now this Major League Baseball star shortstop is accused of absolutely disgusting behavior with a 14-year-old girl.
Wander Franco, a shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays, recently appeared in a Dominican court after he was accused of having a brief relationship with a 14-year-old girl and paying her mom for the privilege.
A triple play
In addition to being accused of sex with a 14-year-old girl, Franco is also accused of providing her mother with a small car and thousands of dollars in exchange for her consent, according to the Associated Press.
Due to these allegations, he’s also been accused of money laundering and commercial sexual exploitation.
Though Franco has been accused of these heinous crimes, the report pointed out that the judge overseeing the case now has four options in how to deal with Franco.
The judge can “temporarily arrest him, prevent him from leaving the Dominican Republic, or demand that he occasionally appear until the investigation or a trial has ended.”
According to the report, the girl’s mother is facing the same charges as Franco.
The woman’s identity was not revealed in order to keep the underage girl’s identity private.
Franco was detained but has not yet been charged with any crimes.
A month-long investigation
However, the judge did receive a 600-page document that lays out the evidence the prosecutors collected during a month-long investigation.
The investigation started after an anonymous tip was received.
The tip in July of 2023 is what eventually launched the investigation.
The anonymous tipster said they had seen a social media post which alluded to the possibility that Franco was in a relationship with the 14-year-old girl.
Authorities have also suggested Franco took the underage girl away from her home in Puerto Plata in December 2022 and had a four-month relationship with her.
According to reports, the girl’s mother reportedly gave consent for the relationship to continue.
Prosecutors also said Franco had sent the mother of the girl monthly payments of $1,700 for seven straight months and even bought her a car “in order to allow the relationship and let her go out with him wherever she wanted,” according to a document that quoted the underage girl in question.
The underage girl also said she had demanded a local digital media site publish the details about her relationship with Franco after she became “tired” of her mother.
The girl alleged her mother took all the money given by Franco and didn’t share any of it with her.
Last September, authorities raided the mother’s home, discovering 800,000 Dominican pesos, which is about $13,700 in U.S. dollars.
They also discovered another $68,500 that was hidden behind a frame.
In another seizure at a separate location, they discovered a guarantee certificate from a local bank for 2.1 million Dominican pesos ($36,000) that was supposedly tied to payments from Franco to sexually exploit the teen girl.
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