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Wander Franco Faces Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse Charges: MLB Updates

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Wander Franco faces serious legal charges including human trafficking and sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic.

Franco Faces Severe Charges and MLB Action

Tampa Bay Rays’ shortstop Wander Franco is confronting serious legal challenges in the Dominican Republic where he faces charges that include human trafficking, sexual abuse, and exploitation of a minor. These allegations carry significant penalties, with the human trafficking charge alone potentially leading to a 20-year prison sentence further complicating his legal predicament, according to the report of ABC Action News.

Following the formal charging, MLB has transferred Franco from administrative leave to the restricted list. This change means he will no longer receive pay or accumulate major league service time. His trial is set for August 14th in Puerto Plata, the location where the alleged crimes took place marking a critical progression in his legal proceedings.

Franco’s legal issues began with investigations by both MLB and Dominican authorities, prompted by social media posts. He voluntarily entered MLB’s restricted list and later administrative leave under league policies addressing domestic violence and abuse. Despite previously receiving significant compensation from MLB including bonuses and salary and his future earnings are now uncertain pending the investigation outcomes.

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Legal Turmoil and Public Scrutiny Surround Wander Franco

In January, Franco faced arrest for missing a meeting with prosecutors but was subsequently released under conditions set by a Dominican judge. There have been revisions in the severity of charges against him during legal proceedings influencing potential consequences but not diminishing the intense public interest in the case.

As Wander Franco’s legal situation continues to evolve, both his professional career and personal life remain in a state of profound uncertainty. The upcoming trial will be pivotal in determining the resolution of the charges leveled against him.

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