Investigators say there is not enough evidence to arrest San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for an alleged sexual assault at a hotel near Santa Cruz, Calif.
The Santa Cruz County Sherriff’s Office completed its investigation Thursday and forwarded the case to the district attorney’s office. No charges are expected.
A 21-year-old woman who lives in Santa Cruz County filed a sexual assault complaint against the All-Star third baseman June 1. The woman told investigators she met a small group of people in downtown Santa Cruz and went to a resort in nearby Aptos, where she said she was assaulted. Sandoval was contacted at the resort by detectives and cooperated in the investigation.
Sandoval’s attorney, Eric Geffon, had previously called the encounter a “consensual, personal relationship of a sexual nature.” In a statement released Thursday, Geffon said: “The Sherriff’s Department has completed a thorough and professional investigation and we are pleased that they have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support an arrest.”
Never miss a local story.
Marcus Andrews, a longtime friend of A’s outfielder Coco Crisp, was convicted in Los Angeles of 14 counts of fraud and identity theft for running up about $30,000 on Crisp’s credit card without his permission. He’s expected to be sentenced Aug. 20. … Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says Ben Sheets, the former Brewers ace signed to a minor league contract on July 1, will pitch Sunday against the New York Mets – his first major league start in almost two years. … Mets pitcher Dillon Gee is scheduled for right-shoulder surgery today in St. Louis to replace a damaged artery. It could sideline him for the rest of the season. … Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has signed a three-year, $27 million contract that begins next season. … The Rangers’ contract with Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras was approved by Major League Baseball, which then suspended the 17-year-old player until next July 1 for providing a false date of birth. … Twins closer Matt Capps, out three weeks because of shoulder inflammation, will be activated today from the 15-day disabled list.