Judge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying a woman's testimony wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.

The 28-year-old Reed appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

The judge ruled Thursday after a 45-year-old woman testified that Reed sexually assaulted her at a downtown casino hotel after they met at a suburban bar.

The woman testified during a probable cause hearing for Reed, who was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The woman says she "blacked out" at the bar March 30 after taking a drink she says tasted "sour" and believes may have been drugged.

Reed says the sex was consensual.


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