CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State Baseball Pitcher Luke Heimlich is again denying allegations he molested his niece as a teenager, in the new issue of Sports Illustrated.
When Heimlich was asked if he's claiming his niece consistently told a false story about the allegations, he replied "yes."
KEZI first reported on the allegations against Heimlich nearly a year ago, when it was revealed he pleaded guilty to molesting his six-year-old niece when he was 15 years old.
He didn't finish out last year's season because of the controversy. He's been back on the field this year, winning games with the Beavers and hoping to make it to the big leagues.
In fact, he just received the national collegiate baseball writers association National Pitcher of the Week honor.
Earlier this year, he started publicly claiming his innocence, saying he's consistently denied the allegations before and after his guilty plea in 2012.
Heimlich told Sports Illustrated he pleaded guilty because he didn't think he'd stand a chance at trial and his family thought it would be best. But, the mother of the alleged victim says she has no doubt he did it.
Meantime, Beaver's baseball Head Coach Pat Casey said he believes Heimlich will be selected in the first or second round of this year's MLB draft. But, an unnamed MLB general manager told Sports Illustrated he told his scouting director to avoid him.