WOODLAND, Mich. (AP) — Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was arrested Thursday on accusations he inappropriately touched two students at a Michigan high school where he was in line to become football coach.
Curtis, 43, is charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct, said Barry County Undersheriff Robert Baker.
Curtis was arraigned Thursday in Delta County District Court and was freed after posting $25,000 in cash on a $250,000 bond, Baker said.
The charges are based on complaints from two teenage girls, according to Barry County Prosecutor Tom Evans. He told WZZM-TV that he authorized the charges against Curtis.
Curtis was volunteering at Lakewood High School in Woodland, about 50 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. The Lake Odessa resident was in line to become the school’s football coach before the accusations emerged.
David Dodge Sr., whose firm is representing Curtis, said he couldn’t say much about the case at this point.
“Chad Curtis … denies any criminal wrongdoing,” Dodge said.
Between 1992 and 2001, Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won two World Series rings with the Yankees.
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