Woman withdraws assault complaint against Pirates minor league player

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ST. LOUIS -- The woman who alleged that a Pirates minor league player sexually assaulted her withdrew her complaint to authorities and no charges will be filed, Manatee County (Fla.) sheriff's office spokesperson Wendy Rose said this afternoon.

The sheriff's office interviewed at least two league players in the Pirates' organization regarding the allegations, Rose said. Rose said she could not release any further details regarding the nature of the allegations.

"I can confirm there was an alleged incident involving one of our minor league players," Pirates senior director of communications Brian Warecki said. "This is something we take very seriously. Both the player and the organization cooperated fully with authorities, after which they confirmed that no charges will be filed."

The alleged incident, Rose said, occurred Sunday night at Siesta Key Beach, about an hour south of Tampa. Every Sunday at sunset, a large event known as a drum circle takes place on the beach, which hundreds of people attend, Rose said.

"They were attending the drum circle," Rose said.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported Wednesday that the minor leaguers were involved in the investigation.

The Pirates' spring training facility and Class A minor league franchise are located in Bradenton, in neighboring Manatee County. Some Pirates minor leaguers are currently involved in fall instructional league activities there.

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Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG. First Published October 9, 2013 10:09 AM


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