Reds pitcher Mike Leake on Friday had his legal charges reduced from theft to unauthorized use of property, and he was accepted into a diversion program.

Leake this morning pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Municipal Court to the reduced charge. The theft is a Misdemeanor 1, and the reduced charge is a Misdemeanor 4.

The diversion program will include 30 hours of community service and counseling. When Leake completes the diversion program, the case will be dismissed.

Leake spoke to a large crowd of reporters Friday afternoon in the Great American Ball Park home dugout prior to the Reds-Florida game Friday night.

Leake, 23, was arrested April 18 at the downtown Macy's and charged with theft, accused of stealing six T-shirts valued at $59.88.

"I just need to apologize to the Reds, to the Castellinis, to Walt (Jocketty), to anyone in the office that I forgot, to the players and my family," Leake said. "I sincerely apologize to them for putting all this pressure on them and the drama that I've caused."