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Former Yavapai College baseball player facing prison

Chad Curtis

Chad Curtis

HASTINGS, Mich. - Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis faces up to 15 years in prison after a jury in West Michigan found him guilty Friday on charges that he inappropriately touched three teenage girls.

Curtis, 44, was convicted of six counts of criminal sexual conduct and will be sentenced Sept. 26 in Barry County.

Curtis was accused of touching two 15-year-old girls last year when he was a volunteer weight-room strength trainer at an area high school. A 16-year-old girl later told authorities that he touched and fondled her in 2011.

"We give these young ladies so much credit for their courage," Barry County Prosecutor Julie Nakfoor-Pratt told after the verdict. "It took a lot of courage to testify. This has been such a long road for them. This is a step in the healing process for them."

Curtis' attorney, David Dodge, did not immediately return email and phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment Friday evening.

Between 1992 and 2001, Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won two World Series rings with the Yankees.

After prepping at Benson High School east of Tucson, Curtis played a year under Dave Dangler at Yavapai College in Prescott (1987), and then played one year each at Cochise College in Douglas and Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, before signing with the California Angels in 1989.

As a major leaguer, Curtis is perhaps best known for his play with the Yankees during the 1999 World Series against the Atlanta Braves. In Game 3, Curtis belted two home runs for New York, including a 10th-inning walk-off blast to help the Yankees to a 6-5 win. The Yankees would sweep Atlanta in four games.


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