Ex-minor league player pleads guilty in Md. child sex abuse case

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former minor league baseball player and current high school baseball coach from Vancouver, Washington has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teen years ago in Frederick.

Eric Estes, 42, entered the plea Thursday in Frederick. Prosecutors dropped charges of third-degree sex offense and attempted second-degree sex offense.

Estes is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy between April 1997 and September 1997 has been released on bond. According to authorities, an investigation was started in 2007 into the allegation of a 25-year-old man who allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy.

The Associated Press reports that Eric Estes was living with the boy's family as a minor league baseball player in 1997.

According to AP: "The right-handed pitcher lived with a "host family" as a Frederick Keys player from April to September 1997. Such arrangements are common among lower-level minor league players.

"The Keys are an advanced Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles."

Authorities did not have enough information at the start of the investigation, so it was put on hold, police said.

The Vancouver Police Department, a police department out of Washington state got in touch with the Frederick Police Department after more information was received.

Police said Eric Estes was returned to Frederick on Thursday. He received a $50,000 bond and was released, authorities said. According to the Associated Press, he is also on paid administrative leave from his job at Skyview High School in Vancouver.

The conviction carries a maximum 15 years, but prosecutors are recommending that Estes get three years of supervised probation and that Estes register as a sex offender.

His sentencing hearing is set for May 21.


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