By The Associated Press

DENTON, Tex. — John Wetteland, a former pitcher who was named the most valuable player of the Yankees’ 1996 World Series victory, has been charged in Texas with continual sex abuse of a child under 14.

Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and freed on $25,000 bond, according to Denton County jail records. Wetteland lives in Trophy Club, Tex., a Dallas suburb.

Chief Bobby Dowell of the Police Department in nearby Bartonville said the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services contacted his office last week. After an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued, and Wetteland was taken into custody by Denton County sheriff’s deputies.

Dowell said that because of the nature of the offense and the stage of the investigation, he would release no further details. Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the Department of Family and Protective Services, said details of the agency’s cases are confidential.

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