Last Updated on December 27, 2023, 3:24 pm
Dominican Republic Authorities Searched for Franco at his family home and his residence on Tuesday
The Santo Domingo Prosecutor’s Office for Children and Adolescents searched for Rays shortstop Wander Franco at two homes in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, December 26, 2023.
Where is Wander Franco?
According to Listin Dario, a local news reporter, authorities in the Dominican Republic are looking for Wander Franco on allegations of having a relationship with a minor from Puerto Plata. The 22-year-old professional baseball player returned to his native Dominican Republic earlier this month. He was located by the authorities on Tuesday, according to Listin Diario.
Around 3 pm, the police cars and authorities arrived at Franco’s “maternal home” in Bani, Peravia, province, to search for him. They also went to Franco’s home in Villa Real. They did not find Franco at either of the locations and left contact information with the neighbours for the player to get in touch.
Tuesday’s raid was the latest progress in the four-month-long investigation by Dominican authorities and Major League Baseball into allegations against Franco that he was involved in inappropriate relationships with minors. The legal age of consent in the Dominican Republic is 18.
What are the allegations against Wander Franco?
The allegations against Wander Franco were exposed publicly on social media in mid-August 2023. The professional baseball player is accused of having inappropriate relationships with minors. Following the allegations, the Rays and the League immediately took Franco off the field.
Initially, he was made to take a one-week leave on August 13, 2023, but was later placed on administrative leave from the team under the MLB and Players Union’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy. Franco denied the allegations via a live broadcast on Instagram when they first came to light. He did not play in an MLB game after August 12. He has not spoken to the media.
Who is Wander Franco?
Wander Franco is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop player for the Tampa Bay Rays. He was born on March 1, 2001, and was nicknamed “El Patron.” He made his MLB debut in 2021 and was an All-Star in 2023. He signed with the Rays as an international free agent in 2017 for 3.85 million. At the time, he was ranked number one on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list.
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