Former World Series MVP Arrested For Child Sexual Abuse

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Former World Series MVP Arrested For Child Sexual Abuse

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From being bestowed with the MVP title for the 1996 World Series to getting inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2005, John Wetteland is often considered one of the best to ever play in the MLB.

Unfortunately, his fall from grace came after he was recently arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse, according to multiple reports.

As per the Denton County jail records, the 52-year-old, who played for the Yankees, Rangers, and Expos, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 14.

No other specifics about the case have been revealed, but according to Dallas News, Bartonville police issued a warrant for Wetteland's arrest after the Texas Department of Family Services referred his case to the authorities last week.

The former closer has since been released from custody after he posted a $25,000 bail.

After retiring from the Major League Baseball, he worked for the Seattle Mariners as well as the Washington Nationals as a bullpen coach, but he was fired in 2006 after he became involved in a number of disturbing incidents.

"I just couldn't put up with it anymore," said then-manager of the Nationals, Frank Robinson. "I talked to John on a number of occasions and told him flat-out what I needed and how I wanted things done. He just didn't seem to understand."

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The three-time All Star, who also happens to be a born-again Christian, later worked as an assistant baseball coach and taught Bible studies at Liberty Christian School.

While the school has remained silent on his recent transgression, Wetteland is no longer listed as a staff member on their website.

Dallas News also reported that Wetteland may have a history of mental health problems. He was hospitalized in 2009 for what was initially believed to be related to a suicide threat, but a statement from both Wetteland and the Mariners said he was actually dealing with a blood pressure and heart rate issue.

Wetteland was previously married, but it ended in divorce in 2015. He does not appear to have any kids of his own.

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