Former MLB Player Deported Back to Venezuela on Child Sex Charges

Former Pittsburgh Pirates player Felipe Vazquez was deported back to Venezuela recently after being convicted of various child sex crimes.

Vazquez was found guilty in May 2021 on 15 counts, including statutory sexual assault, sexual abuse of children, and child pornography.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said last week that an immigration judge with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) ordered on May 31, 2023 that Rivero must be deported back to Venezuela.

“Rivero Blanco’s removal demonstrates ERO Philadelphia’s commitment to protecting U.S. persons from predators regardless of their public persona or status,” ERO Philadelphia Field Office Director Cammilla Wamsley said.

Vazquez was initially arrested in September 2019 after the mother of a 15-year-old girl discovered photos and illicit messages from the baseball player on her daughter’s phone.

Following his arrest, Vazquez told police he had “sex but not really” with the then 13-year-old girl in 2017.