Ex-Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez gets 2-4 years in prison after sexually assaulting teen

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Warning: This story contains depictions of sexual assault.

Former Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was sentenced to two to four years in state prison after sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Vazquez, 30, was found guilty on 15 counts in May, including "10 counts of sexual abuse of children, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count each of statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual assault and corruption of a minor," according to WPXI. 

Vazquez will also receive two years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life as part of his sentence. 

Felipe Vazquez arrested in 2019 for soliciting a child

Vazquez was originally arrested in September 2019 for soliciting a child. He was still a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the time, and made the All-Star team just months earlier. 

Shortly after the arrest, Vazquez was charged with over 20 felonies. Vazquez was denied bail, and his case went to trial in May, 2021. 

Vazquez was sentenced Tuesday for sexually assaulting the girl in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Vazquez also faces charges in both Missouri and Florida involving the same victim. 

Felipe Vazquez with the Pirates.
Felipe Vazquez sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

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