Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed, accused of sexual assault against a woman he met last spring in Royal Oak, is set to appear for a preliminary this morning in a Detroit court room. Reed, 28, of Royal Oak has said publicly that he “did nothing wrong,” and that the sex was consensual. He was on the Detroit Tigers roster at the time of the alleged incident but is now with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. He faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 45-year-old woman he met March 30 in a Royal Oak bar, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The charges, which allege the woman was helpless and possibly incapacitated when they later had sex at MotorCity Casino Hotel, carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Reed has said he cooperated with police and passed a polygraph after he was contacted about a week after the incident. His attorneys have said they’re pushing for a speedy trial, expecting the judge to throw out the case or for Reed to be acquitted. The prosecutor's allegations claim that before the incident, the woman and her friend were invited to sit in a booth at the bar with Reed and others. The woman finished an alcoholic drink and began to feel odd, according to a previous news release from the prosecutor’s office. The woman and Reed left the bar and took a taxi to the hotel. The woman alleges that at 7:30 that morning, Reed sexually assaulted her in the hotel room and then told her to leave, according to the news release.
Tigers' Evan Reed in court on sex-assault charges today
Detroit Free Press | Aug 21