A former Boston Red Sox player has been arrested in Jacksonville, Florida during a child sex abuse sting.

According to an article published by the Kennebec Journal, Austin Maddox, a former pitcher for the Red Sox, was arrested in Florida during a multi-agency sting operation that happened back in April.

The KJ is reporting that in all, 27 people were arrested during the sting, and Maddox was one of them. Those arrested, including Maddox, were said to have been attempting to solicit sex online from what the suspects believed was an underage girl.

Maddox's defense attorney, James Hill, says that the plan is to fight the charges and as of right now Maddox says he will enter a plea of not guilty to the charges stemming from the April sting.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Maddox allegedly told the girl (undercover officer) that he would meet her at a pre-determined location. However, when he allegedly arrived at said location, law enforcement officers were there waiting to take him into custody.

Maddox is currently being charged with several felony counts that include traveling to meet after using a computer to solicit a child the Kennebec Journal reported.

Maddox, who was drafted as a pitcher by the Boston Red Sox in 2012, had previously played college baseball for the University of Florida. However, he didn't actually make his major league debut until later in 2017 after spending several consecutive years in the minor league, the KJ said.

Following an injury to his shoulder, Maddox was released from the Boston Red Sox back in 2019.

This is a developing story that we will keep updated as more information becomes available to us.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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