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Wander Franco does not appear at the prosecution in the middle of the investigation

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco failed to show up Thursday for a meeting with a prosecutor who is investigating him for an alleged relationship with a minor.

Prosecutor Olga Diná Llaverías said the investigation would continue despite Franco’s no-show. She waited for the All-Star and his lawyers at her office, but they did not show up.

Dominican prosecutors and police showed up Tuesday at a Franco property in Baní, his hometown about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Santo Domingo. They could not find the 22-year-old to ask him to appear to testify.

Franco’s U.S.-based lawyer, Jay Reisinger, declined to comment.

The Dominican Republic’s prosecutor’s office said Aug. 14 that Franco was under investigation because of posts on his social media suggesting he was having a relationship with a minor. The Associated Press was unable to verify the reported messages.

Franco’s no-show could be because his current lawyers may not have been summoned to the meeting. The AP had access to a document in which lawyers Luz Díaz Rodríguez, Rosalina Trueba, Cristian Cabrera and Manuel Rodríguez were fired by Franco.

Franco was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball in August as part of its joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy with the players’ association. He was paid and received service time while on administrative leave. There is no timetable for the conclusion of MLB’s investigation or whether the results of the investigation could lead to disciplinary action by MLB.


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