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Statutory Rape Newsbeat

Friday, August 07, 2015

New bombshell: Pete Rose accused of statutory rape; hit king denies claim

I thought Pete only hit on 17-or-under in blackjack.

John Dowd, the investigator whose findings led to Rose’s ban in 1989 by former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, claims he was told by former Rose associate Michael Bertolini that Rose committed statutory rape on young girls during his playing and/or managerial career.

In a July 13 interview with WCHE in West Chester, Pa., that hadn’t surfaced until now, the former federal organized crime investigator said, “Michael Bertolini told us that not only did he run bets, but he ran young girls for him down in spring training. Ages 12-14. Isn’t that lovely? So that’s statutory rape every time you do that.”

Rose was floored when told of the allegations in a phone interview Thursday with NJ Advance Media. He vehemently denied the accusations.

“Oh, my God!” the 74-year-old Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies great said while driving from California to Las Vegas. “Where was my family all of this time in spring training? I never went to spring training without my family except for first year when I was a rookie. It’s shocking.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
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