Pirates' minor leaguers interviewed in sexual assault complaint
ST. LOUIS — The Sarasota (Fla.) County sheriff's office is investigating a criminal complaint of an alleged sexual assault Sunday night at Siesta Key Beach involving at least one minor league player in the Pirates' organization.
“I can confirm there was an alleged incident involving one of our minor league players,” Pirates spokesperson Brian Warecki said Tuesday. “This is something we take very seriously. While we cannot discuss details at this time, it is important to note that the player denies the accusations, no charges have been filed and both the player and the organization are cooperating fully with authorities.”
At least two Pirates minor league players were interviewed Monday by investigators.
Wendy Rose, spokesperson for the Sarasota County sheriff's office, said an investigation is ongoing, but no charges have been filed.
“I can confirm that we're investigating a criminal complaint about a sexual assault and speaking to possible suspects and possible witnesses,” Rose told the Tribune-Review on Tuesday. “That is all I can confirm at this time. I can't confirm any names or anything that would identify potential suspects at this time.
“I don't know how many players were interviewed, but I do know that players were interviewed as part of this investigation, allegedly with the Pirates organization.”
The Pirates have a training facility in Bradenton, Fla., which is about a 30-minute drive from Siesta Key. The team has several minor leaguers at that facility to participate in Fall Instructional Leagues, which end Oct. 19.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Biertempfel: Loss of All-Star paper ballots a blow to nostalgia
- McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
- Locke pitches 8 scoreless innings as Pirates edge Indians
- Starting 9: Pirates missing out on young bat
- Pirates minor league report: Ramirez more mindful while at plate
- Pirates hope 1st baseman Alvarez starts to regain power stroke
- Pirates trust eye test when voting for all-stars
- Starkey: Cervelli’s inspiration
- Pirates notebook: Cervelli gets 1st career DH start
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 4, 2015
- Liriano, Pirates complete sweep of Tigers