Pete Rose Statutory Rape Claims: 12- To 14-Year-Old Young Girls Sent To Rose In Spring Training [Report]

There’s a shocking new report about Pete Rose that’s sending reverberations about rape claims across the internet. Pete was known to have placed bets on his own team, and Rose got in trouble for doing so. Now a new NJ.com article titled “New bombshell: Pete Rose accused of statutory rape; hit king denies claim” is going viral.

Because of the rape claims contained therein, Pete’s lifelong ban from Major League Baseball may never be lifted. Rose was first banned in 1989, and it was during that era when former federal organized crime investigator John Dowd says Pete’s friend Michael Bertolini told him troubling news about Rose’s actions with young girls.

“Michael Bertolini told us that not only did he run bets, but he ran young girls for [Pete Rose] down in spring training. Ages 12-14. Isn’t that lovely? So that’s statutory rape every time you do that.”

The rape allegations claim Rose was a player and/or a manager when the interactions with young girls occurred. Since Pete was born in 1941 — and Rose played from 1963 to 1986 — Pete would’ve been 22 to 45 years of age during that time. Because Rose was a manager from 1984 to 1989, Pete was aged 43 to 48 during that time, therefore the statutory rape allegations are shocking.

The WCHE interview out of West Chester, Pennsylvania, is just now going viral due to the claims made against Rose. Pete’s adversary said the statutory rape occurrences happened frequently, however, Rose is calling the rape charges a lie, reports TMZ. A lawyer for Rose, Ray Genco, says Pete might have an actionable lawsuit to file due to Dowd’s claims.

“The statements are malicious and untrue.”

Pete is also calling the rape claims untrue. Rose called it the “best lie” about him yet. Rose wondered aloud what would be said about him next from his past.

“What’s Dowd going to talk about next? Something from 50 years ago when I was 24 years old? I don’t know why anybody would believe that. It’s unbelievable.”

As reported by the Inquisitr, Rose had been hoping for a return to the MLB in some form or fashion, many years after Pete had been banned from baseball. It was in 1989 when Rose faced the allegations of wagering on his own team, the Reds. With these latest allegations, Rose’s potential reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame will likely remain controversial. ESPN finished their investigation against Rose in 2015, determining that Pete did indeed bet on baseball.

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