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Ex-Major League Pitcher Indicted

December 20, 1997 GMT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) _ Former major league pitcher John Montefusco has been charged with sexually assaulting, kidnapping and terrorizing his ex-wife.

Montefusco, in custody since being arrested Oct. 25 in Pennsylvania, remains in Monmouth County Jail on $1 million bail.

A Monmouth County grand jury handed up the 18-count indictment on Friday.

The charges relate to incidents involving Montefusco and his ex-wife on Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Oct. 24, authorities said.

Although the indictment refers to the victim only by the initials ``D.M.,″ she was previously identified as Doris D. Montefusco of Marlboro Township.

Montefusco, 47, who grew up in Middletown Township, was National League rookie pitcher of the year in 1975. Nicknamed ``The Count,″ he won 90 games over a 13-year major league career with four teams.