Ex-World Series MVP John Wetteland is denying allegations he repeatedly sexually assaulted a little boy in his family ... with his attorney telling the media, "He is innocent."
Wetteland has been accused of forcing the family member (now an adult) to give him oral sex on three separate occasions between 2004 and 2006 when the boy was under the age of 14.
A grand jury indicted the former All-Star pitcher on 3 felony charges of child sexual assault in March ... and at his first court appearance Monday, his attorney strongly denied the allegations.
"What they've accused him of, the only thing worse is murder," Derek Adame told the Dallas Morning News ... "He was completely shocked [by the allegations]."
Adame said Wetteland intended to enter a not guilty plea ... and is planning on fighting the charges vehemently.
"We look forward to the opportunity to prove our innocence, which is what Mr. Wetteland is," Adame said ... "He is innocent and is looking forward to his day in court."
Wetteland is due back in court for another hearing in July.
Wetteland was a 3-time All-Star in his 12-year career ... and was named World Series MVP in 1996 after helping lift the New York Yankees over the Atlanta Braves.