Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed's sexual assault charges have been dismissed, according to George Hunter of the Detroit News. Hunter also provides details on the case and comments from Reed:
A judge dismissed on Thursday sexual assault charges against Detroit Tigers minor league relief pitcher Evan Reed after finding not credible accusations by a 45-year-old woman who claimed he took her to his hotel room and sexually assaulted her the morning before the Tigers opened their season in late March.
'I don’t find her to be a very credible witness,' said 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King. The judge said prosecutors didn’t meet the standard of proof for either force of coercion or that the woman was incapacitated.
Reed seemed relieved as he spoke to reporters outside the courthouse. 'I have my life back. This nightmare has gone on longer than it should have. Now I can concentrate on on baseball and hopefully pitch for the Tigers again.
Evan Reed, a relief pitcher for the Toledo Mud Hens in the Detroit Tigers organization, has been charged with sexual assault for an alleged incident in March. He faces two counts of criminal sexual conduct and the charges against him "carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison," per Robert Allen of the Detroit Free Press.
Allen reports the 45-year-old victim alleges she met Reed at a bar and began to feel "odd" after a drink. She accompanied him back to a hotel, where she claims the assault occurred:
The woman and Reed left the bar and took a taxi to the hotel. The woman alleges that at 7:30 that morning, Reed sexually assaulted her in the hotel room and then told her to leave, according to the news release.
The report notes Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said plans are currently being put in place for Reed to turn himself in to law enforcement officials. It's unclear exactly when that's going to happen, but it could happen as early as this week.
It also included a statement from the Tigers:
"As an organization, we take matters like this very seriously and we are closely monitoring the situation," the statement reads. "Evan Reed's representatives are handling his legal proceeding that must run its course before there is any further comment from the ballclub."
Gus Burns of MLive.com added that Worthy was hesitant to make any further details about the case known beyond the basic information and how it was compiled that led to the charges:
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges, each which carries up to 15 years in prison, during a news conference Wednesday.
Worthy declined to provide details, saying repeatedly that the facts and circumstances will come out in court, but said there were numerous witnesses interviewed and surveillance footage reviewed during the investigation.
Back in April, Shawn Ley of WDIV obtained the initial police report. In it, the woman explained how she was able to identify the Tigers' pitcher:
The woman told police that she was able to figure out that the man who went by the name Evan is a member of the Tigers. She told police she identified the man as 28-year-old Evan Reed after looking him up on the Tigers website, and that he was the man she was with the night of the alleged sexual assault. It was just two days before Opening Day at Comerica Park.
Reed started the season with the Tigers. He made his first of 27 appearances on March 31. He posted a 4.88 ERA in those games before being sent down to the Mud Hens last month, the team's Triple-A affiliate, where he's remained ever since.
The team is currently at home in Toledo, but the Detroit Free Press report states prosecutors don't believe extradition is going to become an issue based on the plans to turn himself in.