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Man Arrested in 1997 Sex Offense Case Returns to Frederick

A Vancouver, Washington man, who was formerly a Frederick Keys player, was returned to the City of Frederick this week on charges stemming from a 1997 juvenile sex offense case.
FREDERICK, Md. - A Vancouver, Washington man, who was formerly a Frederick Keys player, was returned to the City of Frederick this week on charges stemming from a 1997 juvenile sex offense case. 

Officers with the Frederick City Police Department say Eric Estes, 41, was returned to Frederick around 2 a.m. on Thursday, June 19. The warrant charging Estes with child abuse, third-degree sex offense, and attempted second-degree sex offense was served to him at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. 

Police say Estes was released on a $50,000 bond. 

As we've reported, the abuse occurred in 1997 and an investigation was launched in 2007. The allegation stated Estes, who was 25-years-old at this time, allegedly touched and engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy, who was the son of his host family in Frederick, between April and September of 1997. 

The case was investigated at that time, however police say due to lack of adequate information the case was suspended. 

Estes was a pitcher for the Frederick Keys in 1997, and police say players were often put up with host families, and the male victim was a member of the host family. 

The case was reopened when new information was discovered by the Vancouver Police Department in Washington State. Between multiple agencies they were able to establish additional probable cause and placed charges on Estes. 

Information regarding the victim in this case is being withheld since the male was a juvenile at the time of the abuse, police say. 

Estes was released on bond with a promise to appear in court. A date for when he's scheduled has not been announced yet. 

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