Wander Franco’s Arrest in Puerto Plata
Wander Franco’s Arrest in Puerto Plata, known as the Tampa Bay Rays’ talented shortstop, was apprehended on Monday in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic’s northern region. This arrest followed his appearance before officials from the Public Ministry, addressing accusations involving a relationship with a minor.
Native to the Dominican Republic, Franco voluntarily presented himself before the Comprehensive Care Unit for Victims of Gender, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Crimes on Monday. These allegations initially surfaced in August 2023.
Arriving at the prosecutor’s office at approximately 11 a.m., Franco was accompanied by his new legal representatives, Teodocio Jáquez and Francisco Rodríguez. Post a nearly three-hour interrogation, he was taken into custody.
At the justice agency in Puerto Plata province, Franco encountered Judge Luisa Marmolejos, the head of the unit, who refrained from commenting on the case when approached by CNN. Similarly, Franco’s legal team chose not to discuss the matter.
Regarding the case, Franco briefly addressed it in an August Instagram video, seemingly deflecting the accusations and emphasizing his commitment to self-improvement.
Following the arrest, the Dominican Public Ministry has a 48-hour window to present evidence and requests concerning Franco to the judge. These requests might involve coercive measures, such as continued detention, necessitating a decision within the stipulated time frame.
On December 28, Franco ignored a summons from the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Children and Adolescents, coinciding with his dismissal of former legal counsel merely hours before the scheduled appearance.
Franco has remained on administrative leave from major league activities since the allegations surfaced in the Dominican media on August 14, 2023.