Trouble continues to mount for Tampa Bay Rays’ All-Star Wander Franco. The 22-year-old is currently being investigated by Dominican Republic officials over a relationship with a minor. Now, a second formal complaint has been filed, which brings the total of alleged victims up to three.
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The first complaint was filed against Franco on July 17th, but news of it didn’t break until August 13th, at which time Major League Baseball put the outfielder on paid administrative leave (after putting him on the restricted list from August 13th to the 21st).
Since the first complaint was filed on July 17th, a second girl has come forward to authorities to say that she was in a relationship with Wander Franco while still a minor. Now, there is a third girl – who has yet to talk to officials – who is alleging the same thing.
The age of consent in the Dominican Republic is 18. If Franco engaged in a sexual relationship with any of these girls while under that age, he could be criminally prosecuted. Prosecutors have yet to talk to Franco about the allegations.
The married father of one made his first All-Star team this season. In November 2011 he signed an 11-year, $182 million contract with the Rays, which took effect this season,