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Rays shortstop Wander Franco officially charged with sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl | saskNOW | Saskatchewan

Rays shortstop Wander Franco officially charged with sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl | saskNOW | Saskatchewan

Four days after the original deadline of July 5, prosecutors decided to file charges.

Franco, 23, is on leave until July 14 due to an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

Administrative leave is not a disciplinary action under the sport’s common policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and a player continues to receive his salary. Franco, who is earning $2 million this year, has remained in the Dominican Republic while authorities investigate.

“We are aware of the charges against Mr. Franco,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. “Our investigation is ongoing and we will continue to closely monitor the case as it progresses.”

Tampa Bay’s All-Star shortstop has not played since August 12. Franco signed an 11-year, $182 million contract in November 2021.

Jay Reisinger, Franco’s U.S.-based attorney, said Tuesday he could not comment because Franco had not received formal notification of any charges.

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Martin Jose Adames Alcantara, The Associated Press