Real Salt Lake player accused of unlawful activity with minor

Ricardo Velazco. Photo:

DRAPER, Utah, Aug. 24, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for Real Salt Lake player Ricardo Velazco, who is accused of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on May 20, according to a warrant. The case is currently assigned to Third District Court Judge Heather Brereton.

According to the probable cause statement, Velazco, who was then 23, had sex with a girl who was then age 15, in the city of Draper.

Real Salt Lake issued the following statement:

“With all allegations of a criminal nature, Real Salt Lake policy is to honor the judicial process while cooperating fully with both local authorities as well as the League investigation.

“Major League Soccer has now suspended Mr. Velazco from all soccer-related activity, Real Salt Lake will await the outcome of judicial proceedings prior to taking additional action.

“RSL will not have further comment during pending legal proceedings.”

Bail has been set at $15,000, the warrant states. It was not immediately clear if Velazco is in custody.


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