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Wander Franco: MLB Player Formally Charged with Sexual and Commercial Exploitation of Minor in Dominican Republic

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Wander Franco has been charged in the Dominican Republic.


Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco has been formally charged with sexual and commercial exploitation of a minor in the Dominican Republic, the country’s Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Monday.

Franco, who has been on administrative leave from the major leagues since the allegations surfaced in August 2023, was arrested in January in Puerto Plata, in the northern Dominican Republic, on charges of commercial sexual exploitation and money laundering.

The baseball player responded to the allegations in an Instagram video in August, appearing to dodge the accusations and saying he was focused on improving himself.

CNN attempted to contact Franco’s attorney for comment.

Jay Reisinger, Franco’s attorney in the United States, told The Associated Press he could not comment because Franco had not received formal notice of any charges.