Former World Series MVP has child sex abuse charges dropped

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former Relief pitcher John Wetteland Child sexual abuse charges against him were dropped last week.

1996 World Series MVP as a member of the New York Yankees The charges were dropped after a split jury decision in August resulted in a mistrial in the case.

John Wheatland of the New York Yankees plays against the Cleveland Indians on June 1, 2000, at Yankee Stadium in New York.

John Wheatland of the New York Yankees plays against the Cleveland Indians on June 1, 2000, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Wetland, 56, was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and has pleaded not guilty.

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Denton County District Attorney’s Office The WFAA in Dallas said Monday that it does not plan to file new charges in the case.

Wetteland was arrested in 2019 and accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old from 2004 to 2006 in his home. The case was declared misplaced in September.

John Wetland (35) of the New York Yankees celebrates in Game 6 of the 1996 World Series Final against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium on October 26, 1996 in Bronx, New York.

John Wetland (35) of the New York Yankees celebrates in Game 6 of the 1996 World Series Final against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium on October 26, 1996 in Bronx, New York. (Albello / Getty Images)

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The three-time star faced 25 years to life if convicted.

Wetteland has pitched 12 seasons in the major leagues Los Angeles Dodgersand Montreal Expos, Yankees, and Texas Rangers. He was named to the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2005.

John Wheatland of the New York Yankees stands on the field during Game 3 of the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on October 22, 1996, in Atlanta.

John Wheatland of the New York Yankees stands on the field during Game 3 of the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on October 22, 1996, in Atlanta. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

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He also spent time as a bullpen coach for both washington nationals, formerly Wetteland’s Expos, and Seattle Mariners.

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