May 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

Prosecutors reviewing sexual assault claim against Tigers' Reed

The Tigers' Evan Reed, in his second year with Detroit, has not been charged with any crime. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)

Detroit — Prosecutors on Wednesday received a warrant request for possible sexual assault charges against Detroit Tiger pitcher Evan Reed, and are poring over witness statements and test results, according to attorneys for the 28-year-old reliever.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said in a press release Wednesday that Detroit Police forwarded the warrant request after investigating a woman’s allegation that a Detroit Tiger had sexually assaulted her. Miller did not identify Reed by name, but his attorneys, Ben Gonek and David Gorcyca, confirmed Wednesday that prosecutors have begun their investigation.

The 45-year-old woman claimed she met Reed in a Royal Oak bar March 30 — the day before the Tigers opened the season — and that she woke up hours later in a MotorCity Casino hotel room, where she was sexually assaulted.

“A thorough review of all of the evidence must be conducted before a decision can be made,” Miller said. “A charging decision is not expected this week. No further information about the case will be released until a charging decision is made.”

Gonek and Gorcyca said in a statement that Reed has cooperated since the beginning of the investigation, and expressed confidence the pitcher would be exonerated.

“Evan voluntarily appeared at the Detroit Police Department and told the investigators what exactly transpired on March 29th and 30th,” the statement said. “Evan, through his lawyers, in a rare move also provided the Detroit Police Department with witness statements, a test result, and a supplemental witness statement which details the alleged complainant’s actions after the incident.

“When the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office reviews this material that was presented today by the Detroit Police Department, we are confident that this matter will be closed,” the attorneys said.

The woman making the accusation alerted police two days after the alleged incident. Ron Colangelo, vice president of communications for the Tigers, has not said when team officials learned of the complaint.

Both Reed and Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski refused comment Wednesday in Cleveland, where Detroit was concluding a three-game series against the Indians.

Reed joined the Tigers organization in April 2013 after being claimed off waivers from the Marlins. He made 16 appearances out of the bullpen last year, but spent most of the season at Triple A Toledo.

Following a good camp in Lakeland, Fla., the hard-throwing right-hander made the Opening Day roster, and pitched in the season opener against the Kansas City Royals. Reed has pitched 18 innings and racked up a 3.00 ERA.
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