Former New York Yankees closer and Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on Monday on a child sex abuse charge in Texas. The Dallas Morning News was the first to report the arrest.
Wetteland, 52, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records. He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from custody on Monday, the same day as his arrest.
Wetteland recorded 74 saves for the Yankees from 1995-96. He was the World Series MVP in '96, leading the American League with 43 saves that year. The three-time All-Star played for professional teams across 12 big league seasons, including the Dodgers, Expos, Rangers and Yankees. He retired as the Rangers' all-time saves leader (150) after the 2000 season, earning a nod into the team Hall of Fame in '05.
The Bartonville Police Department released the following statement regarding Wetteland's arrest:
"On January 9, 2019 the Bartonville Police Department received a referral from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Based on the initial investigation and arrest warrant was obtained for John Wetteland for the offense of Sex Abuse of Child Continuous: Victim Under 14. On January 14, 2019 the Denton County Sherriff's Deputies executed and arrested John Wetteland. John Wetteland was processed into the Denton County Jail facility and had since bonded out.
"Due to the nature of the alleged offense and stage of the investigation no further details will be released at this time."