Oregon State ace pitcher Luke Heimlich, on the eve of the start of the NCAA baseball tournament super regionals, has been identified as a registered sex offender by The Oregonian.
According to the paper, Heimlich, 21, had to register as a sex offender after arriving at the university, stemming from a guilty plea in 2012, when he admitted to sexually molesting a 6-year-old female family member in Puyallup, Washington, when he was 15 years old.
Oregon State opens super regional play against Vanderbilt on Friday, needing just to win the best-of-3 series at home to advance to the College World Series.
Beavers coach Pat Casey could not comment on the case.
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Heimlich eventually pleaded guilty to one count of molestation as part of an agreement in which prosecutors dropped the other charge.
“I admit that I had sexual contact” with the girl, Heimlich wrote in the documents concerning the plea deal, which called for him to serve 40 weeks of detention at a juvenile rehabilitation facility.
The Oregonian, while doing a routine background check on Heimlich for a feature story, discovered Heimlich was cited for failing to update his sex offender registration status in April.
Heimlich, who was projected to be an early-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft next week, did not respond to the paper for comment.
Luke Heimlich is one of the top pitchers in college baseball.