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Latino Daily News

Monday December 27, 2010

Florida International Univ. Baseball Star, Garrett Wittels, Charged with Raping Under Aged Females

Florida International University (FIU) baseball player and star athlete, Garrett Wittels has been charged along with two other men of raping two 17-year old females in the Bahamas.

FIU enjoys a reputation as one of the most diverse universities, with 60 percent of its student body Hispanic, but it also enjoys an incredible reputation for its sports programs.  Its football team the Panthers just clinched the Pizza Bowl in Detroit this weekend. 

Wittels, holds the second longest hitting streak in the NCAA division 1, with a 56-game hitting streak.  He was also this year’s Sun Belt Conference player of the year.  FIU’s athletic director Pete Garcia has refused to comment on the developing story.

The incident allegedly occurred at the Atlantis Casino in Nassau, when Wittels and two buddies befriended two American female tourists who then all proceeded to go to a private party, where the rapes allegedly occurred.  Wittels is out on bail as are his friends, and Bahamian officials have until April 18, 2011 to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a trial to occur.