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Luke Heimlich Sex Crime Comes To Light As Oregon State Makes Run To College Baseball World Series

A college baseball star's past could come back to haunt him.

Luke Heimlich, a pitcher on the Oregon State baseball team, is a registered sex offender. After living with his crime in relatively anonymity for years, his sex crime became public knowledge in the state of Oregon in April of 2017 when he was cited for missing an annual update.

The slip-up put his case in Oregon court records for the first time, and now, two months later, reports have surfaced about his crime. According to The Oregonian, Heimlich pleaded guilty to a single charge of sexually molesting a 6-year-old female family member when he was 15 years old.

From the report:

Heimlich registered as a sex offender in Benton County after arriving at Oregon State. When he was cited in April for missing an annual update, it put the case in Oregon court records for the first time.

OSU's top pitcher was 15 years old when the crime occurred in his family's home in Puyallup, Washington, according to court documents obtained last week by The Oregonian/OregonLive through a public records request. Juvenile court records in Washington, unlike in Oregon, are not automatically confidential.

Heimlich is the nation's best pitcher, and is a top draft prospect in next week's Major League Baseball Draft. Oregon State owns the best record in the NCAA, with a 52-4 mark led by the arm of Heimlich who owns an 11-1 record with a ridiculous 0.76 ERA and 128 strikeouts against just 22 walks.

As a result of his success this season, many MLB scouts believe Heimlich won't slide past the second round of the draft. However, in light of recent events, several teams have already taken the Oregon State star off of their draft boards, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

We assume more teams will follow suit, and remove Heimlich from their draft boards given the incident.

As for the extent of Heimlich's crime, the young girl described the following:

The girl told investigators that inside Heimlich's bedroom, he pulled down her underwear and "touched her on both the inside and outside of the spot she uses to go to the bathroom," according to court records.

"She said that she told him to stop, but he wouldn't," the documents state, and that "it hurt" when he touched her.

The incidents started when she was four years old and lasted until she was six.

"She said that the first time the respondent touched her she was four years old and that she was six years old the last time he did this," according to court records.

Initially, prosecutors charged Heimlich with two counts of molestation for incidents between September 2009 and September 2010, and between September 2011 to December 2011. In Washington, child molestation in the first degree is a Class A felony.

Heimlich ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of molestation between February 2011 and December 2011, when he was 15-years-old. Prosecutors dismissed the other charge as part of a plea bargain.

[The Oregonian]