Former Boston Red Sox pitcher arrested in operation against sexual exploitation of minors

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher arrested in operation against sexual exploitation of minors

Jacksonville, Florida – The former pitcher of the Boston Red SoxAustin Maddox, was arrested in Florida as part of an underage sex sting operation, authorities announced Monday.

Maddox was one of 27 people arrested as part of a multi-agency operation late last month, Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters said. They are accused of soliciting sex over the Internet from people they believed were children, authorities said.

James Hill, Maddox’s defense attorney, said he intends to fight the allegations against him and will plead not guilty if formal charges are filed.

Austin Maddox was selected in the 2012 rookie draft and after moving up to the Major Leagues in 2017, he had a brief participation. He was left out of the organization in 2019. (Charles Krupa)

Maddox, 33, began communicating with an undercover agent posing as a minor on April 28, according to an arrest report. He expressed his intention to have sex with the girl even after she told him she was 14, authorities said.

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