Twenty-one new charges have been filed against Pirates left-hander Felipe Vazquez, Rich Cholodofsky and Renatta Signorini of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report. Vazquez is currently being in Westmoreland County Prison on previously filed charges of sexual statutory assault of a minor. He was denied bail at a preliminary hearing Tuesday after the prosecution argued that Vazquez is a “significant flight risk.” The new charges, brought to light today, allege possession of child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor.
The timeline for an eventual ruling and potential sentencing aren’t immediately clear, though the mounting number of disturbing charges against the former All-Star pitcher make it difficult to envision him ever returning to a big league mound. Depending on the findings of the court, Vazquez could face anything from extended jail time to deportation. He’s currently on administrative leave under Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.