Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at a Detroit hotel in March.
Reed allegedly sexually assaulted an "incapacitated" woman in his hotel room on March 30 before ordering her to leave, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in announcing charges against the 28-year-old reliever now with the Toledo Mud Hens.
Reed's attorney, however, insists the 45-year-old woman consented to having sex in the pitcher's room at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, according to the Detroit News.
After a months-long investigation, Worthy charged Reed with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he could spend up to 15 years in prison.
The Tigers signed Reed in April 2013. After an inconsistent start this season, Reed was sent to Toledo in June. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told the Detroit Free Press that the sexual-assault allegation was not a factor in the demotion.
Reed was 0-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 games for the Tigers. Reed has a 6.97 ERA in eight games with Toledo.