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Ex-Yankee Chad Curtis Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct Against HS Teens

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WOODLAND, Mich. (WFAN/AP) — Former Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis has been charged with sexual misconduct after two teenage girls accused him of touching them at a Michigan high school where he volunteered.

Curtis, 43, was arraigned Thursday at Barry County District Court on five counts of criminal sexual conduct and was freed after posting $25,000 in cash on a $250,000 bond, County Undersheriff Robert Baker said.

The charges are based on complaints from two teenage girls who are students at Lakewood High School, according to Barry County Prosecutor Tom Evans. He told WZZM-TV that he authorized the charges against Curtis.

The retired big leaguer has two World Series rings from his three-season stint (1997-99) with the Yankees, though he did not play in the 1998 Fall Classic.

Evans said one alleged victim is between the ages 16 to 18 and the other is between the ages of 13 to 16, WZZM reported.

Curtis was volunteering at the school in Woodland, about 50 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, and 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 except that Curtis “denies any criminal wrongdoing.”

Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Yankees and Texas Rangers from 1992-2001.

Earlier this month, former Yankees outfielder Rosendo “Rusty” Torres pleaded not guilty to child sex abuse charges.

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