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Charges filed against Wander Franco

Video above: Wander Franco placed on administrative leave

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Prosecutors in Puerto Plata filed an indictment against Tampa Bay shortstop Wander Franco, according to Listín Diario, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic.

Franco is accused of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor.

FILE – Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco looks on during a baseball game Aug. 13, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tampa Bay All-Star shortstop Wander Franco has been placed on administrative leave until June 1 under an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association while an investigation into an alleged relationship with an underage girl continues. The Rays open the season Thursday, March 28, 2024, against Toronto, forcing MLB and the union to make a decision on Franco’s roster status. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

The paper reports that the indictment was filed on Monday evening and that the minor’s mother, Martha Vanessa Chevalier, has also been charged with trafficking, sexual exploitation and money laundering.

Attorney General Kelmi Duncan said on Monday that the prosecution was working on the case and said that “we still have time to present the conclusive documents,” the newspaper reported.

Franco has not played for the Rays since Aug. 12, 2023. He was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 14.

The 23-year-old shortstop had already been dismissed on charges of money laundering and commercial sexual exploitation. The current investigation relates to sexual abuse, kidnapping and enticement of a minor.