Former Astros draft pick among 9 arrested in undercover child predator sting

HOUSTON – A former Minor League Baseball player is among nine people arrested in an undercover child predator sting, according to Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.

The arrests were made in a two-day sting operation in which several local law enforcement agencies united to put an end to online solicitation of minors.

Constable deputies said 32-year-old Michael Schurz was charged with online solicitation of a minor and possession of controlled substances. Officials said he was also a former Minor League Baseball player and employed as a baseball instructor. Schurz was selected by the Astros in the 44th round of the 2009 first-year player draft and released in 2010.

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Paul Doyle is Mike Schurz's attorney. He said he's not happy with how his client is being portrayed.

“We plan on fighting. Mike’s a good guy. He’s got a stellar reputation and we just ask that people reserve their judgment,” Doyle said. “We don’t understand why he’s in this position, yet we haven’t seen the evidence from law enforcement. Once we see all that, then our side of the story will come out.”

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Doyle claims his client is innocent.


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