(CNN Spanish) –– Baseball player Wander Franco will remain under preventive arrest in the Dominican Republic until the next hearing in judicial proceedings over his alleged relationship with a minor.
According to CNN, the hearing will be held at 9:00 am local time this Friday.
On Wednesday, the Public Ministry submitted a request for coercive measures against Franco to Judge Olga Dina Laverias, director of the National Agency for Children, Youth and Families.
Franco’s lawyer Teodosio Jacques insisted on Wednesday that the Public Ministry controlled “rumors and speculation that come to light through social networks” and declined to answer further questions from the media.
Franco appeared voluntarily on January 1 to answer the charges in a court in Puerto Plata, northern Dominican Republic. The player was detained after being questioned for three hours.
Franco has been on administrative leave from Major League Baseball since the allegations surfaced in Dominican media on August 14, 2023. Previously, Franco played for the Tampa Bay Rays.