OSU's star pitcher releases statement about previous sex crime

Luke Heimlich (SBG)

Corvallis, Ore. – Oregon State University pitcher Luke Heimlich released a statement through his attorney Friday regarding a sex crime he pled guilty to eight years ago.

In the statement, Heimlich said, “I’ve respectfully requested to be excused from playing at this time.”

Heimlich's criminal past came to light when, on April 3, an officer with the Benton County Sheriff's Office charged Heimlich for failure to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors later dropped that charge, believing that Heimlich made an innocent mistake because he did not have sufficient knowledge of Oregon's reporting requirements.

The crime happened eight years ago in Pierce County, Washington, where Heimlich is from.

“I have taken responsibility for my conduct when I was a teenager,” Heimlich said in the statement.

According to a 2012 court document from their juvenile court, Heimlich sexually molested a child he knew over a two-year period, beginning in 2009 when she was four years old and continued until she was six.

Heimlich pleaded guilty to one count of child molestation. The court ordered him to undergo treatment and register as a sex offender.

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