Four players at the Texas Rangers academy in the Dominican Republic are close to being charged by authorities there for their roles in an alleged sexual assault. Major League Baseball is reportedly also investigating.
Accused of sexually assaulting six underage teammates are Panamanian Guillermo Villarreal, 18, and Venezuelans Yohel Pozo, 19, Adrian Pernalete, 18, and Rougned Jose Odor, 19—the younger brother of a Rangers player in the MLB who goes by the same name.
According to an ESPN report, the alleged incident took place in October at the Texas Rangers’ facility in the Dominican town of Boca Chica, and police became aware of the assault after the suspects reportedly posted an image of it on social media. The victims names are being withheld because they are underage, the report said.
The Rangers organization issued this statement to ESPN:
“The Texas Rangers became aware of an incident at our Academy in the Dominican Republic and we acted promptly to open an investigation. We have reported the incident and are cooperating fully with Major League Baseball and the authorities in the Dominican Republic. With this being an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment at this time.”