Former World Series MVP And Born-Again Christian Arrested On Child Sex Charges


John Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to the Dallas Morning News.

He was released from custody Monday, the same day as his arrest, after posting a $25,000 bond.

The Texas Department of Family Services referred the case to police in Bartonville on January 9, police Chief Bobby Dowell told the newspaper.

"Based on the initial investigation an arrest warrant was obtained", Bartonville Police Chief Bobby Dowell said in a statement. The Denton County district attorney's office hasn't returned a phone message requesting details.

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"Due to the nature of the alleged offense and stage of the investigation, no further details will be released at this time", he said. He was the World Series MVP in 1996 and led the American League with 43 saves that same year. In 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Yankees and Rangers, he racked up 330 saves with a 2.93 ERA. 'John Wetteland was processed into the Denton County Jail Facility and has since bonded out.

After his playing career, Wetteland worked with the Nationals and Mariners. He was sacked from the Nationals job in 2006, allegedly for playing too many practical jokes, and was briefly hospitalized in 2009 while with the Mariners over what was originally thought was a "mental health" issue.

The Dallas Morning News was the first to report on the arrest. He just didn't seem to understand'.

The Morning News reached out to Wetteland's ex-wife, but she refused to comment. But the Mariners later said it was related to his blood pressure and heart, Fox News reported.