The Detroit Free Press reports that former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed was sentenced following his acceptance of a plea deal in the sexual assault case against him. Last month he pleased no contest to a lesser assault charge — not considered a sex crime — and today was sentenced to a year of probation, 120 hours of community service and $4,480 in restitution for medical expenses.
This marks the end of a long and drawn-out case arising out of the March 2014 assault. Rape charges were initially dismissed by a judge but reinstated on appeal. The plea, which prosecutors considered to be “in the best interests of justice” was strongly opposed by the victim who continues to maintain that she was forcibly raped by Reed.
Reed was released by the Tigers following the the 2014 season. He has not pitched anywhere this year.
(thanks to Historiophiliac for the heads up)
UPDATE: The Judge handling the sexual assault case against Tigers pitcher Evan Reed has reinstated charges. It would appear, then, that Reed is heading for a trial arising out of the March incident.
Wednesday, 12:30 PM: Back in August, charges of “criminal sexual conduct” leveled against Tigers pitcher Evan Reed were dropped. The basis was a lack of probable cause, according to the judge’s finding. The judge specifically found that his accuser was not credible and that there was no evidence that she was incapacitated, as per her allegations against Reed.
Prosecutors have appealed that finding, however:
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing the dismissal of criminal sexual conduct charges against baseball pitcher Evan Reed, who started and ended this past season with the Detroit Tigers.
The appeal will be heard at 9 a.m. on Friday before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Callahan.
There is nothing in the article to suggest that there is new evidence against Reed. So, presumably, the prosecution will still have to base the bulk of its case on the witness, who the previous judge found to have “backtracked” and gave “vacillating testimony.”
The Tigers have been cruising along merrily lately, winning eight in a row. All good things must come to an end, however, and that win streak is no exception. The Astros beat them 6-2 this afternoon.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead on a Nick Castellanos double and a Victor Martinez homer, but that’s all they’d get off Dallas Keuchel and the Astros’ pen. Keuchel had nice command of all of his pitches today, striking out seven and not walking a soul in seven and two thirds. Meanwhile, Drew Smyly tossed 91 pitches in five and a third, giving up George Springer’s first big league homer and a two-run double to Jose Altuve. Tiger relievers Evan Reed and Justin Miller each gave up homers as well. Miller’s was a two-run shot to Matt Dominguez.
Randomly, I happened to wear my Astros shirt and cap today. As I was finishing up this recap I mentioned that to my Tigers fan girlfriend. She’s not pleased. I’m going to the Tigers game with her on Saturday. I need to get some Twins gear. In for a penny, in for a pound.