Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed arraigned on Criminal Sexual Conduct charges

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct. He stood mute in court and a judge granted $15,000 personal bond 10%.

Reed is accused of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old woman back in March. The judge ordered that he have no contact with the woman. He is being allowed to travel with the Toledo Mud Hens team.

Defense attorney Ben Gonek told the judge he has fully cooperated with the police including doing an interview. He also passed a polygraph and has offered to take a state polygraph to verify the first one that he is innocent.

Reed will be back in court on August 12 at 9 a.m.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges against Reed during a news conference Wednesday.

Thursday afternoon, Evan Reed and his attorneys held a press conference to deny the charges.

He is facing two counts of CSC in the third degree and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Reed is represented by David Gorcyca and Ben Gonek. The attorneys released the following statement about the charges:

The issuance of charges against Evan Reed considering the evidence in this case is ridiculous. Evan fully cooperated with the police, gave witness statements, and provided other documentation supporting his innocence. Evan will be demanding a speedy trial and is looking forward to his day in court where he will be vindicated of any alleged wrongdoing. When 12 jurors hear the facts of this case, there is no doubt in our minds they will find Evan not guilty of the charged offenses.

Reed was at Motor City Casino in Detroit back in March when he was seen with a young blonde woman on the gaming floor. Video clearly showed the couple playing casino games and mixing among the casino floor crowd.

But later that evening, sources say, the girl appeared drunk and Reed was seen on video with the girl entering a casino hotel room. The next morning, video shows Reed leave first, then the girl.

We're told the girl told a casino worker of the sexual assault, and then casino security called police.

The Tigers released the following statement about the charges: 

As an organization we take matters like this very seriously and we are closely monitoring the situation. Evan Reed’s representatives are handling his legal proceeding that must run its course, before there is any further comment from the ballclub.

 

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