John Wetteland mug shot

Denton County Sheriff's Office

Ex-Yankee John Wetteland Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charge

January 15, 2019 - 3:03 pm


Former Yankees closer John Wetteland has been arrested on a child sex abuse charge in Texas.

Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and is accused of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 14, according to Denton Countyjail records. He posted $25,000 bond and was released.

The Dallas Morning News was the first to report on the arrest. The Texas Department of Family Services referred the case to police in Bartonville on Jan. 9, police Chief Bobby Dowell told the newspaper.

Wetteland lives in Trophy Club, Texas, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth. He coached baseball and taught Bible classes part-time at nearby school, but he has not been associated with that school since 2008, an official at the school told the Morning News.

Wetteland played 12 seasons in the majors, from 1989 to 2000, for the Dodgers, Expos, Yankees and Rangers. He recorded 74 saves for the Yankees from 1995-96. He was the World Series MVP in 1996 and led the American League with 43 saves that same year.

For his career, the three-time All-Star had 330 saves and a 2.93 ERA. He is the Rangers' all-time saves leader with 150 and a member of the team's Hall of Fame. 

He later served as the bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners.