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Luke Heimlich, star pitcher for college baseball’s best team revealed as a child molester

June 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Luke Heimlich, star pitcher for college baseball’s best team revealed as a child molester

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Oregon State University, which is ranked the number 1 NCAA baseball team in the U.S. and a favorite to win the College World Series, has been driven this season by Luke Heimlich — who is the country’s top pitcher and is expected to be a top prospect in the MLB draft.

However, Heimlich is also a sex offender.

Heimlich’s crime was exposed after he neglected to update his information with the sex offender registry in Oregon and was given a citation on campus.

In 2012, the 21-year-old from Puyallup, Washington, pleaded guilty to one felony count of molestation after he was charged with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old female family member.

Although the incident occurred when Luke Heimlich was 15, he is required to register as a sex offender for life. He was sentenced to 40 weeks of in a juvenile rehab facility, but that sentence was waived upon successful completion of probation, along with two years of sex-offender treatment.

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After finishing his probation, Heimlich moved from Washington to enroll in Oregon State.

Oregon legislation requires sex offenders from other states to register in the state and frequently update their personal information. Although the offense was committed when Luke Heimlich was a juvenile, the records were made public as a result of his negligence to comply with the terms governing the registry.

Oregon State does not have a policy barring convicted felons from attending the school nor a policy restricting felons from playing on athletic teams.

Athletic director Scott Barnes told The Oregonian that he is not aware of how many Oregon State athletes have prior convictions.

“If we are made aware of an issue, we will mitigate it,” Barnes stand. “We will understand the severity of it and we will deal with it.”

Oregon state authorities, however, gave the school a list of registered sex offenders in Benton County – where campus is located – “on a regular basis,” a university spokesperson said.

The college is supposed to cross-check those names against the student database to ascertain who is a registered sex offender. Assuming these methods were followed, then, the school should have been informed of Heimlich’s status.

The victim’s mother, who has not been named to protect the anonymity of the now-11-year-old victim, said she is “appalled that the college he’s going to would have him on their team.”

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