Skip to content

Sexual assault charges against Tigers pitcher Evan Reed dismissed

Aug 21, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

Evan Reed Getty Getty Images

Back in July Tigers pitcher Evan Reed — currently with the Toledo Mud Hens — was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct arising out of an alleged incident at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit back in March. Today the charges have been dismissed after prosecutors failed to convince the judge presiding over the case that there was probable cause a crime was committed:

[Judge] King said he had doubts about the credibility of the 45-year-old woman who claimed Reed sexually assaulted her in a sixth-floor hotel room at Motor City Casino after the two met at a bar in Royal Oak. He said prosecutors failed to meet the burden of probable cause on accusations that Reed forced or coerced her into two sexual acts while she was physically or mentally incapacitated . . . He said there was no rape kit evidence or evidence of semen from the scene presented by prosecutors.

He also noted that the accuser’s testimony was contradicted in places by text messages she sent the night of the alleged assault.

If the case had gone to trial, Reed could have faced a sentence of 15 years. Prosecutors have the opportunity to appeal the finding of no probable cause, but they have not decided if they will or not.

Latest Posts
  1. Jessica Mendoza to sit in for Curt Schilling on Sunday Night Baseball this week

    Aug 27, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT

    Jessica Mendoza Getty Images

    Its not often we have reason to cheer the decisions ESPN makes but today we do.

  2. Must-click link: the actual twins who own the Twins.com domain

    Aug 27, 2015, 3:13 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 3.11.55 PM

    This is a great slice of weird, totally suitable for killing time on a slow afternoon. Bonus: Bon Jovi is tangentially involved.

  3. Alberto Callaspo released by the Dodgers

    Aug 27, 2015, 2:16 PM EDT

    Alberto Callaspo Dodgers Getty Images

    Los Angeles acquired Callaspo from Atlanta in a late-May trade.

  4. Red Sox looking to trade outfielder Alejandro De Aza

    Aug 27, 2015, 1:34 PM EDT

    Alejandro De Aza AP AP

    Last week’s rumored trade with the Dodgers apparently fell through.

  5. Derek Jeter’s mailbag is . . . kinda boring?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jeter hat tip AP

    “Smithers’ I’m beginning to think that Homer Simpson was not the brilliant tactician I thought he was.”

  6. Who are the happiest and saddest fans in baseball?

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:34 AM EDT

    Cubs fans Getty Images

    Basically, we’re all miserable EXCEPT Cubs fans. What a bizzaro world we live in.

  7. Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings re-injured his knee

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Desmond Jennings Rays Getty Images

    Jennings spent three months on the disabled list following knee surgery.

  8. There is no tougher-luck pitcher in baseball than Shelby Miller

    Aug 27, 2015, 9:57 AM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    No wins in over three months despite a 3.24 ERA.

  9. Jose Bautista’s suit-inspired boycott of SportsNet is over

    Aug 27, 2015, 9:06 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista AP

    Boycotts thrive on publicity. This one ended as soon as the publicity started.

  10. Addison Russell made a sweet snag, turn and throw last night to start a double play

    Aug 27, 2015, 8:38 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 8.36.25 AM

    This is why Starlin Castro does not have the shortstop gig anymore.

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 27, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of gibberish, And opposing teams act like they forgot about JV.

  12. Brandon Crawford out for Giants due to tight left oblique

    Aug 26, 2015, 11:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Chicago Cubs Getty Images

    Crawford is having a breakout season at age 28, with an .806 OPS (123 OPS+), 19 home runs, and 75 RBI in 121 games.

  13. Video: Chris Iannetta breaks up Justin Verlander’s no-hitter in the top of the ninth inning

    Aug 26, 2015, 10:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros Getty Images

    Verlander still managed to go the distance against a good Angels offense for his first shutout since 2012.

  14. Justin Verlander loses no-hit bid in the ninth inning

    Aug 26, 2015, 9:26 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    It is August 26, 2015 and Justin Verlander has a no-hitter going against the Mike Trout-led Angels.

  15. MLB “actively studying” fan safety; Phillies plan to expand netting at Citizens Bank Park

    Aug 26, 2015, 9:05 PM EDT

    18335740-mmmain AP

    Good on everybody involved in wanting to get ahead of a potential tragedy.

  16. Marlins might move in and lower the fences at Marlins Park

    Aug 26, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton AP

    Marlins Park has some of the longest dimensions in Major League Baseball along with some of the tallest walls.

  17. Wil Myers took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since his June wrist surgery

    Aug 26, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT

    Wil Myers Wil Myers

    Padres outfielder Wil Myers has appeared in just 35 games this season due to an ongoing left wrist injury.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Wright (3017)
  2. M. Teixeira (2448)
  3. G. Stanton (2403)
  4. H. Olivera (2367)
  5. Y. Cespedes (2339)
  1. J. Fernandez (2187)
  2. K. Medlen (2147)
  3. G. Perkins (2046)
  4. J. Eickhoff (2045)
  5. Y. Puig (1998)