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OSU pitcher releases first statement after report reveals sex offender status

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CORVALLIS, OR (AP) -

Oregon State University pitcher Luke Heimlich released his first statement following a report that revealed his status as a sex offender.

An article published Thursday morning reported that Heimlich pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation in 2012 when he was 15 years old in Puyallup, Washington.

Court documents revealed the victim was a 4-year-old girl and she told investigators the abuse continued until she was 6 years old.  

The story broke as the top-ranked Beavers get set to host Vanderbilt at Goss Stadium in the College Baseball Super Regionals. Heimlich was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year for 2017 and he is projected to be a high pick in the Major League Baseball draft later this month. 

On Friday, a statement from Heimlich released by his attorney said he doesn't want to be a distraction for his team, so he requested to be "excused from playing at this time."

I have taken responsibility for my conduct when I was a teenager. As a 16 year old, I was placed on juvenile court probation and ordered to participate in an individual counseling program.

I’m grateful for the counseling I received, and since then, I realized that the only way forward was to work each day on becoming the best person, community member and student I can possibly be. I understand that many people now see me differently, but I hope that I can eventually be judged for the person I am today.

I’m so proud of our team’s accomplishment and don’t want to be a distraction. Therefore, I’ve respectfully requested to be excused from playing at this time. -Luke Heimlich

Heimlich was sentenced in 2012 to participate in the Sex Offenders Disposition Alternative program, which he completed. He was also required to register as a sex offender.

Heimlich moved to Corvallis to attend OSU in 2014, and according to Oregon law, sex offenders have to re-register every year or if they move.

State police said Heimlich failed to do that this year.

He was cited and has since become compliant with the law.

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