Pa­vano was tar­get of ex­tor­tion by high school class­mate

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

HART­FORD, CONN. | A high school class­mate of Min­nesota Twins pitcher Carl Pa­vano threat­ened to re­veal an al­leged ho­mo­sex­ual re­la­tion­ship they had and to write a book about it un­less Pa­vano apol­o­gized to him and bought him a navy Range Rover SUV with tan leather, ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant af­fi­davit filed by po­lice in Con­necti­cut.

Po­lice in Pa­vano’s home­town of Southing­ton, about 18 miles south­west of Hart­ford, said in the af­fi­davit that they be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tions af­ter Pa­vano’s sis­ter, Michelle Degen­naro, com­plained in De­cem­ber that she had re­ceived sev­eral trou­ble­some Face­book mes­sages from the class­mate, Chris­tian Bedard. Degen­naro told po­lice that Bedard made up a bo­gus story about hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with her brother in an at­tempt to ex­tort her fam­ily.

Of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted the search war­rant at Bedard’s home March 21 and seized items but wouldn’t say what they were. Bedard said on his Face­book page that po­lice took his lap­top com­puter, ma­te­rial re­lat­ing to his re­la­tion­ship with Pa­vano and the book he was writ­ing. Bedard hasn’t been charged.

The search war­rant af­fi­davit, first re­ported by the Record-jour­nal of Meri­den, in­cludes copies of sev­eral Face­book mes­sages Bedard al­legedly sent to Degen­naro. In the mes­sages, Bedard, 36, said Pa­vano was his “first love” and they had a three-year re­la­tion­ship when they were teenagers grow­ing up in Southing­ton. Mariners.

The Cuban de­fec­tor’s go-ahead, two-run drive in the sev­enth in­ning off re­liever Shawn Kelly sent the A’s on to a 4-1 vic­tory Thurs­day night at Tokyo Dome.

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Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes blasts a two-run homer, pow­er­ing Oak­land to a 4-1 win over Seat­tle in Tokyo. The Ath­let­ics and Mariners split the two-game se­ries.

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