Sandoval Sexual Assault Investigation Continues; Accuser is 21-Year-Old Local

The woman accusing the Giants all-star of sexual assault is a 21-year-old from Santa Cruz County.

Sheriff's Office detectives continue to investigate the allegations at an Aptos resort last week. Sheriff's Deputy April Skalland told Patch Monday that the "alleged victim is a 21-year-old from Santa Cruz County."

Still, no charges have been filed, the District Attorney confirmed.

"They're still investigating this. They are collecting evidence and speaking to witnesses," Skalland said. "Most of the investigation should be wrapped up by the end of the week, but other forensic evidence can take a while to get back."

District Attorney Bob Lee told Patch that his office had not received the case, though attorneys from his staff have been working closely with the Sheriff's Office on the investigation.

"Once we get all the forensics back, then we'll refer it to the DA's Office," Skalland said. "They're going to stay hands off until we're done with it."

Generally, in cases such as this, when charges have not even been filed, authorities refrain from notifying the public. However, most cases don't involve high-profile atheltes.

"We're letting everyone know because he's a public figure and everybody's going to be asking," Skalland said. "We don't want to seem like we're witholding anything."

Before the alleged assault at Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, Sandoval was seen posing for photos with fans at Motiv, a bar on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz.

"Women and men were coming up to him all night, taking pictures and talking to him," Motiv Manager Isaac Cook told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. "He was very lucid and friendly. We didn't have any problems."

Sandoval is currently on the disabled list after breaking the hamate bone in his left hand. He is expected back with the Giants within the next two weeks.

Stay tuned to Patch as this story develops.

jorge June 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
i personally think its all bs and this girl is trying to get paid. we were lucky a famous athlete wants to party at one of the local spots and this happen come one thats bs what other celebrity would want to come back. you wack chick you know what you. freken gold digger i bet smh
Gigi831 June 23, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I think that's an ignorant comment Jorge. People like this think that they can get away with anything because they are admired sports figures. statistics show that it's rare for a woman to "cry" rape and have it be a false allegation. It's more likely a case of I am the almighty baseball player, and if she won't give it up, then I'll take what I want. Think not? Then I have only two words for you, OJ Simpson.
Andy Miller July 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Professional athletes are not used to anyone ever saying "No" to them. Something occurred in Santa Cruz. Until the facts surface, I will not be buying any panda hats or Sandoval autographs. At a minimum, Pablo needs counseling.
Jacob Bourne July 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Andy, don't expect to hear much else on this case. It's been forwarded to the DA's office and they are highly likely to accept the findings, especially since they worked with the Sheriff's Office on the investigation the whole time. There is no proven legal justification for mandating that Sandoval go to counseling. You might just have to go without those panda hats forever.
Whitey Joe Young August 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
70% of the DNA samples sent to the FBI lab for testing in rape cases end up exonerating the accused. I think there is a problem whenever someone has a lot of money; they become targets. I think human behavior runs the gamut from OJ Simpson to gold-digger extraordinaire (three words for you: Anna Nicole Smith). Come off your high horse. Not every high-profile athlete is a scumbag. Not every woman who cries "rape" is being truthful.


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