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Torii Hunter Leaves the Angels to Deal with Son’s Arrest

The last-place Angels last night were blanked for the eighth time in 2012 — no other team has been shut out more than four times — but more significant was the continued absence of right fielder Torii Hunter, who had left the team to address the incarceration of one of his three sons.

Darius McClinton-Hunter, 17, was among five students at Prosper High School who were arrested. Four were accused of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, according to a press release issued by the Prosper Police Department. The arrests came following a monthlong investigation, the department said.

Hunter tweeted about the situation on his personal feed, @toriihunter48: “This is very tough for a father. Thanks for ur prayers and support. Be Blessed everyone!”

The story was first reported by NBCDFW.com of Dallas. Once the Angels posted the team’s lineup for Monday night, several fans noticed Hunter’s name wasn’t on it for the second straight day.

McClinton-Hunter and another 17-year-old male, Garrick White, were the only suspects identified. The identities of the other three were withheld because they are juveniles. Four were charged with sexual assault of a child, while the fifth suspect, a juvenile, was charged with unlawful restraint of a child, which is classified as a “state jail felony.”

Both McClinton-Hunter and White are from McKinney, a suburb north of Dallas. Torii Hunter owns a home in the area.

Torii Hunter was placed on the “restricted list,” meaning he is still on the team but not on the 25-player roster. Another outfielder, Ryan Langerhans, was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake City and is available for Monday night’s game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

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Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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