Now Commenting On:

Reed charged with criminal sexual conduct


DETROIT -- Tigers Minor League pitcher Evan Reed -- who was with Detroit earlier this season -- has been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday morning.

The charges stem from an alleged incident involving Reed and a 45-year-old woman at the Motor City Casino Hotel in the early morning hours of March 30, the day before Opening Day. The woman filed a sexual assault complaint in April, and following an investigation, Detroit police submitted a warrant request to the prosecutor's office in mid-May.

What followed, Worthy told reporters at a Wednesday morning news conference, was an investigation by her office, including interviews of possible witnesses and a review of evidence. The two charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

The 28-year-old Reed made the Opening Day roster for the first time this season. He was designated for assignment and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo in June after appearing in 27 games. The Tigers said at the time that the move had nothing to do with the investigation.

"As an organization, we take matters like this very seriously, and we are closely monitoring the situation," the Tigers said in a statement Wednesday morning. "Evan Reed's representatives are handling his legal proceeding that must run its course before there is any further comment from the ballclub."

Reed remains on the roster at Triple-A Toledo. The prosecutor's office said in a press release that arrangements are being made for Reed to turn himself in for arraignment. That will happen at a later date, Worthy told reporters at the news conference.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español