Mud Hens pitcher Evan Reed charged with sexual assaultWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mud Hens pitcher Evan Reed was charged July 30 with sexual assault related to a March incident in Detroit when he was a member of the Detroit Tigers.
Reed, 28, was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct for alleged committing “an act of penetration through force or coercion” when he “had reason to know the victim was physically helpless or mentally incapacitated or mentally incapable to consent,” according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years.
He is expected to turn himself in to authorities accompanied by his attorney Ben Gonek and be arraigned in 36th District Court in Detroit at 10:30 a.m. July 31, according to the prosecutor’s office
The alleged assault occurred in Detroit the day before the Tigers’ home opener on March 31.
The incident was reported by a 45-year-old Oakland County woman, who said she was at a bar in Royal Oak around 10 p.m. March 29, where she met Reed and they danced, according to the release. Afterward they sat in a booth with others and chatted. At some point, the woman finished an alcoholic drink and “began to feel odd.” After midnight, she and Reed left the bar and went to a Detroit hotel, where she alleges Reed sexually assaulted her around 7:30 a.m. March 30 and then asked her to leave.
“It is important to note that in any case the investigation must be thorough and all witnesses must be located and interviewed. This protocol remains the same if the alleged defendant is wealthy, privileged, a known figure or even a promising athlete,” Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy said in the release.
Reed was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2007. He joined the Tigers organization in 2013, and shuttled between Detroit and Toledo last season. He made his major league debut with the Tigers in May 2013. He started the 2014 season in Detroit and was sent to Toledo in late June.