crime and punishment

Major League Soccer suspends Orlando City’s Jonathan Suárez Cortés after his arrest in Florida

Jonathan Suárez (©Osceola County Corrections)

Jonathan Suárez Cortés (©Osceola County Corrections)

Siblings Rafael Suárez Jr., 25, and Jonathan Suárez Cortés, 24, of , California, United States have been arrested and charged with sexual battery. The latter was recently added to the roster of the Orlando City Soccer Club, which competes in the Major League Soccer.

Born in Anaheim, California, Jonathan recently moved into an apartment at the Jamison Apartments in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida, USA. On February 19, 2021, he toured the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Orange County, Florida for the first time.

Rafael and Jonathan allegedly drank with a woman and her friend at TopGolf on Universal Boulevard in Orlando on February 21, 2021. Later that day, they allegedly went to Jonathan’s apartment in Kissimmee.

According to the woman, she and Rafael were starting to have consensual sex in a room in the apartment when he let Jonathan in. She said Jonathan wanted to join them and forced her to perform a sex act on him despite her asking both men to stop.

After the incident, the woman contacted the authorities. On February 23, 2021, deputy sheriffs in Osceola County arrested Rafael and Jonathan and booked them into the Osceola County jail in Kissimmee.

Originally, the brothers were charged with first-degree felony without bond. After finding no probable cause for that charge, the court granted them bail and charged them with second-degree felony sexual battery.

On February 24, 2021, Rafael and Jonathan appeared and court where a judge set bond at $20,000 for each of them and prohibited them from contacting the victim in the case upon their release, from leaving Orange and Osceola counties and from consuming any alcohol. On the same day, the Major League Soccer suspended Jonathan.

The Orlando City Soccer Club acquired Jonathan on loan from Querétaro Fútbol Club, which is based in Querétaro City, Mexico, almost three months before the 2021 Major League Season. The regular season will start on April 17, 2021.

Jonathan attended Fontana High School in Fontana, San Bernardino County, California. He played for Querétaro from 2016 to 2017 and returned in 2018.

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