Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez could be facing deportation if he’s convicted of the alleged sex crimes he has been charged with.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is “aware of the charges and is closely monitoring the case."
Vázquez is being held in Pennsylvania without bail on charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor and indecent assault.
The all-star pitcher is a native of Venezuela but is authorized to live and work in the United States.
Any extradition to Venezuela would be difficult given the state of political unrest in the South American country.
Regardless, if convicted, Vázquez would have to serve his prison sentence in the United States first, before being released into the custody of ICE.
Of course, complicating matters further is the fact that the crimes and charges against Vázquez involve two separate jurisdictions, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Police say Vázquez admitted that he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
He was arrested on a warrant originally issued in Florida, where the girl now lives with her family, and additional charges were filed in Pennsylvania.
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