Ex-clinic owner pleads guilty in MLB drug case

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Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic, leaves the federal courthouse after bonding out, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Miami. Bosch was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids. He is accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to several Major League baseball players. (AP Photo/LynneSladky)
This undated booking photo provided by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Jan 29, 2013, shows Anthony Bosch. Federal authorities are charging the owner of a defunct Florida clinic accused of providing steroids and other banned substances to Major League Baseball players, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. According to Miami federal court records Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, Anthony Bosch faced one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Police Department)
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014, file photo, Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, leaves federal court in Miami. Bosch pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic, leaves the federal courthouse after bonding out, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Miami. Bosch was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids. He is accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to several Major League baseball players. (AP Photo/LynneSladky)
Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic, leaves the federal courthouse after bonding out, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Miami. Bosch was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids. He is accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to several Major League baseball players. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Anthony Bosch, foreground, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic, leaves the federal courthouse in Miami after paying bond on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
In this photo provided by ESPN, Anthony Bosch, center, is escorted by Drug Enforcement Administration officials in Weston, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The owner of a now-defunct Florida clinic was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to distribute steroids, more than a year after he was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. Federal court records show Bosch is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone. (AP Photo/ESPN Outside the Lines, Andrew Lockett) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo provided by ESPN, Anthony Bosch is shown in a car, next to a Drug Enforcement Administration official in Weston, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The owner of a now-defunct Florida clinic was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to distribute steroids, more than a year after he was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. Federal court records show Bosch is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone. (AP Photo/ESPN Outside the Lines, Andrew Lockett) MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. The owner of a now-defunct Florida clinic was charged Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, with conspiracy to distribute steroids, more than a year after he was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. Federal court records show Anthony Bosch is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, with his hand to his head, talks during a news conference before the Yankees played the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game at US Cellular Field in Chicago. The owner of a now-defunct Florida clinic was charged Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, with conspiracy to distribute steroids, more than a year after he was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. Federal court records show Anthony Bosch is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney, File)
Anthony Bosch leaves the federal courthouse in downtown Miami on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. He will plead guilty in early October of selling banned steroids to suspended Major League Baseball players. (Walter Michot/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 05: Anthony Bosch (R), former Biogenesis of America clinic owner, walks out of a Federal building after being charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids on August 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Federal authorities say that 10 people were arrested in connection with the Major League Baseball steroid scandal. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Anthony Bosch,right, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic, leaves the federal courthouse after posting bond, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Miami. Bosch was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids. He is accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to several major league baseball players. At left is attorney Susy Ribero-Ayala. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 05: Anthony Bosch (R), former Biogenesis of America clinic owner, walks out of a Federal building after being charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids on August 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Federal authorities say that 10 people were arrested in connection with the Major League Baseball steroid scandal. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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MIAMI (AP) - The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone before U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles. Bosch, who called himself "Dr. T," faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence but is likely to get far less because of cooperation with prosecutors and with MLB's investigation into player drug use.

Defense attorney Guy Lewis said Bosch, 51, provided key information to MLB investigators that led to suspensions of 14 players, including the record season-long suspension handed to Rodriguez for this past year. Bosch also met numerous times with federal prosecutors and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, Lewis said.

"He was faithful in terms of appearing each and every time he was requested to," Lewis said. "Each and every time he appeared, answered questions and was available."

Rodriguez has denied taking illegal substances while with the Yankees but did admit to doing so earlier in his career with the Texas Rangers. He remains on the Yankees' roster for next season.

MLB previously sued Bosch and his clinic but withdrew the lawsuit in February. The league had accused Bosch and others with conspiring to violate player contracts by providing them with banned substances.

In a plea agreement, Bosch admitted to providing testosterone to baseball players, from professionals to high school athletes. Six other people are charged in the case, and Bosch has agreed to testify against them if they go to trial.

"We are quite satisfied with what he promised he would do," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael "Pat" Sullivan.

Earlier this month, Gayles revoked Bosch's $100,000 bail because he twice tested positive after his August arrest for cocaine use and had missed appointments at drug treatment programs. On Thursday, Gayles agreed to release Bosch on bail with several new conditions, including a requirement that Bosch attended a 24-hour inpatient drug treatment program.

Prosecutors did not object, and Lewis said Bosch needs the treatment badly.

"You have before you an individual who does need counseling. We recognize that. He's begging for it," Lewis said.

When Bosch is not in the treatment program, he will remain on house arrest with electronic monitoring, Gayles said. Sentencing for Bosch is set for Dec. 18.

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