Outspoken Christian and former World Series MVP John Wetteland was arrested by police on Monday and charged with child sex abuse.
Wetteland has been accused of the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 in Texas. Wetteland, 52, was arrested on January 14 in Denton County.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Wetteland allegedly sexually abused a 4-year-old relative beginning in 2004.
More details from the Morning News:
Wetteland, 52, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody the same day as his arrest.
He had forced a young relative to perform a sex act on him, according to the arrest warrant affidavit, beginning in 2004 when the child was just four years old.
The abuse occurred at Wetteland’s home in Bartonville, the affidavit stated. It happened twice more over a two-year period, the victim said.
As a professional baseball player Wetteland spent 12 years playing in the major leagues. In particular, the relief pitcher and closer was the 1996 World Series MVP for the New York Yankees. In addition to playing for the Yankees, Wetteland also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Montreal Expos, and the Texas Rangers, where he finished his career.
In 2018 The Dallas Morning News named Wetteland as the greatest relief pitcher in Texas Rangers history.
However, in addition to being a professional baseball player, Wetteland was also celebrated for being a “good Christian man.”
At the height of his success Wetteland and his celebrated Christian faith were the subject of a profile in The New York Times. The article describes Wetteland as “Just a Closer Who Walks With the Lord.”In the profile Wetteland talks about his deep Christian faith:
I honestly try and walk with Jesus Christ every day…
My relationship with Jesus Christ is not lip service. It is of utmost importance to me. It is even more important than my relationship with my wife. I know that my wife considers her relationship with Him more important than her relationship with me. Ultimately, that’s who I’m going to have to face. That’s going to be a great day.
After his retirement from professional baseball Wetteland continued to sell himself as the “good Christian man.”
The Morning News notes:
A long-time born-again Christian, Wetteland coached baseball and taught high-school Bible classes part-time at Liberty Christian School in Argyle…
Reports indicate Wetteland posted a $25,000 bail “with conditions,” and was released from jail the same day he was arrested.
Bottom line: Outspoken Christian and former World Series MVP John Wetteland has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old.
***** Update: Trial to begin March 2, 2020. *****