Chad Curtis convicted of criminal sexual conduct

Jim McIsaac

The former Yankees outfielder has been accused of inappropriate behavior with teenage girls and reportedly faces up to 15 years in prison.

Chad Curtis was convicted by a  jury in Hastings, Mich., on six counts of criminal sexual conduct on Friday, according to an Associated Press report. Prosecutors argued that Curtis, an outfielder who played ten years in the MLB, inappropriately touched girls between the ages of 13 and 16 while he was working at an area high school.

John Tunison of MLive.com reports that the counts included charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Curtis retired after playing 38 games with the Texas Rangers during the 2001 season, going on to work at Lakewood Schools in Michigan as a weight room trainer and substitute teacher. The 44-year-old was forced to resign, however, after several students reportedly accused him of inappropriate touching.

Curtis was called up by the Angels in 1992 and remained in the majors for most of the next 10 years after being drafted by the California Angels in the 45th round of the 1989 draft. His career also included stops with the Tigers, Dodgers, Indians, Yankees and Rangers before retirement.

The outfielder hit .264/.349/.396 over the course of his career with 101 home runs and 212 stolen bases. He was also a member of the Yankees World Series-winning teams in 1998 and 1999.

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