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Jose Canseco a suspect in sexual assault investigation, cops say

Jose Canseco talks to reporters after appearing in

Jose Canseco talks to reporters after appearing in federal court in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2010. Credit: AP

Former baseball MVP and confessed performance-enhancing drug user Jose Canseco is a suspect in a sexual assault investigation in Nevada, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed.

“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a Sexual Assault case,” the LVMPD said in a statement e-mailed to Newsday. “Jose Conseco (sic) has been named as the suspect in this investigation. At this time no charges have been filed and our investigation remains ongoing. Per department policy neither victim information or investigation details are available for release.”

No charges have been filed and no arrest has been made, according to officer Bill Cassell.

Canseco, who briefly played for the Yankees in 2000, broke the news on his verified Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

“Breaking news this is a first folks las vegas police was just at my house I have been charged with rape…” Canseco tweeted, revealing the alleged name of his accuser. He later tweeted a phone number, picture and an address where he said his accuser could be found. Canseco also tweeted he would be willing to take a polygraph test on national television to prove his innocence.

Many of the posts have since been deleted from his account, however, they continue to live as screenshots and embeds on various blogs and stories around the Internet.

Canseco, 48, is due to play for the independent Fort Worth Cats on Thursday when they face a team his twin brother manages. Canseco tweeted that he was getting on the flight at 1:59 p.m. ET.

An e-mail to a representative for Canseco seeking comment hasn’t been returned. His spokeswoman, Susan Haber, says she has no immediate information about the case.

Canseco was a six-time All-Star, the 1986 American League Rookie of the Year and 1988 AL MVP during 17 seasons in the majors. He hit 462 home runs, in the late 80s forming a power-hitting tandem called "the Bash Brothers" with fellow Athletics teammate Mark McGwire. Both players admitted after they retired to using PEDs during their playing careers.

During his 1988 MVP season, Canseco slammed 42 home runs and stole 40 bases, becoming the first member of the so-called 40/40 club. He is one of only four players ever to achieve the accomplishment.

- with AP

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