Jacksonville, Fla. – Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox has been apprehended in Florida in connection with an underage sex sting, as disclosed by authorities on Monday.

Maddox was among 27 individuals arrested in a recent multi-agency operation, as reported by Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters.

The suspects stand accused of allegedly soliciting sex from individuals whom they believed to be minors via online communication, according to officials.

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In response to the charges, James Hill, a defense attorney representing Maddox, affirmed his client’s intention to vigorously contest the allegations and declared that Maddox would assert a plea of not guilty if formal charges were to be leveled against him.

According to an arrest report, Maddox, 33, engaged in online conversations with an undercover agent posing as an underage girl on April 28, during which he purportedly articulated his intent to engage in sexual activity with the girl despite her disclosure of being 14 years old.

Reportedly, Maddox agreed to meet the girl at a pre-determined location, where he was subsequently arrested by law enforcement authorities.

The former baseball player is facing four felony charges, including allegations related to traveling to meet a minor after using a computer to solicit a child, and is presently held in custody on a $300,000 bond.

Maddox’s athletic career began during his time playing college baseball for the University of Florida, and he was subsequently drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2012. After several years in the minor leagues, Maddox made his major league debut with the team in 2017.

Following a brief stint on the Red Sox roster, Maddox encountered shoulder injuries and subsequently returned to the minor leagues for recuperation. Ultimately, he was released from the team in 2019.

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