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29 Aug, 2021 11:35

Ex-MLB star Encarnacion detained in Dominican Republic for allegedly sexually assaulting daughter

Ex-MLB star Encarnacion detained in Dominican Republic for allegedly sexually assaulting daughter

An ex-Major League baseball star and two-time World Series champion is currently in custody in his homeland the Dominican Republic for allegedly sexually assaulting his daughter in May, according to reports.

Former outfielder Juan Encarnacion is being held without bail due to the nature of the crime and local laws, according to ESPN.

He stands accused of entering his daughter's bedroom while she slept and then sexually assaulting her, according to the girl's mother, who informed the authorities of the alleged act.

Retiring in 2007, the 45-year-old enjoyed a decade at the top level and won championships with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins.

Also starring for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds across his career, Encarnacion is being held in the capital Santo Domingo's Palace of Justice but was expected to be brought before a judge yesterday.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years behind bars.

As relayed by a report in Dominican newspaper Diario Libre, head of the prosecution Rosalba Ramos explained that the authorities on the Caribbean isle requested 12 months' preventive detention against Encarnacion.

"These are difficult cases that affect a whole family, but the prosecution has a firm position on cases of abuse against minors," said Ramos.