Rays Shortstop Wander Franco Released from Jail, Still Faces Serious Charges in Alleged Inappropriate Relationship with Minor

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – A judge has dismissed money laundering and sexual exploitation charges against Wander Franco, but the Tampa Bay Rays shortstop may still face counts of sexual and psychological abuse and abduction. The charges stem from an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old. Franco, 22, was released from jail in the Dominican Republic on Monday after posting a financial guarantee of $34,000. This guarantee ensures that he will make monthly visits to the court for the next six months. If found guilty of the accusation of sexual abuse of a minor, Franco … Read more

Tampa Bay Rays Shortstop Released on Bond Amid Controversy Over Alleged Relationship with Minor

PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic – Wander Franco, a shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays, has been ordered for conditional release by a Dominican judge while under investigation for allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl. According to court documents obtained, Franco is accused of providing the girl’s mother with a small car and thousands of dollars in exchange for her consent. Franco’s bond has been set at 2 million pesos ($34,000) and he is expected to be released on Saturday. However, he must return to the Dominican Republic once a month to meet … Read more