San Francisco Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin reportedly has been charged with open and gross lewdness by the Clark County District Attorney's office in Las Vegas following a sexual incident with a woman at a hospital.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Mike Blasky, Gaudin was arrested in January after touching the breast of a woman lying on an emergency room gurney. The incident was not publicized at the time and Gaudin was only formally charged earlier this month.
A police report, according to Blasky , alleges that Gaudin approached a 23-year-old woman at the Desert Springs Hospital and began complimenting her looks. A witness then told police that Gaudin touched her face, leg and breasts. The report does not say what (if any) interactions the woman and Gaudin had with one another, or whether they knew each other.
Seeing the incident unfold, a paramedic asked Gaudin to stop fondling the woman. Gaudin refused and was subsequently tackled and held down forcefully by hospital security until police arrived. He was also allegedly spouting profanities and being belligerent when the officers arrived on the scene.
Police allege that Gaudin was inebriated at the time. It is unclear why Gaudin was at the hospital, and privacy laws prevent them from disclosing why the female was hospitalized.
Here is what the arresting officer wrote about Gaudin regarding the incident:
I asked Gaudin several times how he ended up at the hospital and each time he told me that he didn’t know. Gaudin appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an odor of alcoholic beverages and couldn’t repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row.
The 30-year-old Gaudin owns a home in Henderson, Nev., with his wife, Syndal, to whom he was married in 2011.
A journeyman on his ninth major-league team, Gaudin signed a minor-league contract with the Giants in December 2012. San Francisco later purchased his contract at the end of spring training, and Gaudin has been with the club throughout the 2013 season. He's filled in both as a long reliever and spot starter this season for San Francisco, compiling a 2-1 record with a 2.44 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.
The Giants have not released a statement on the matter at this time, so it is unclear whether they knew about the incident. Gaudin has also not commented publicly.
Open and gross lewdness carries a misdemeanor penalty in Nevada. A first offense can result in up to a year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
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