Sheriff: No Sexual Assault Charges for Giants' Sandoval

There is "insufficient evidence" to file sexual assault charges against the third baseman.

San Francisco Giants All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been cleared of , the Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

"There is insufficient evidence to support an arrest," deputy April Skalland reported in a prepared statement.

A 21-year-old Santa Cruz County woman accused Sandoval, 25, of sexually assaulting her early on June 1. She reportedly had met the professional baseball player at Motiv, a club in downtown Santa Cruz, and went back to Seascape Resort in the Aptos beach area.

Sheriff's detectives conducted interviews, and had biological and physical evidence analyzed by the state Department of Justice before concluding that Sandoval's actions were not criminal.

Skalland said the completed investigation has been forwarded to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office for review.

"We're the ones who actually decide whether a crime has been committed," Distorict Attorney Bob Lee said.

But Skalland said the District Attorney's Office has been heavily involved with the investigation with the Sheriff's Office througout the whole process and said she doesn't expect the findings to change. 

Tuesday, Sandoval played in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He hit a three-run triple, the first in All-Star history, to help lift the National League to an 8-0 win over the American League.

The allegations against Sandoval seemingly had little if any effect on his public image. The Venezuelan infielder was voted as an All-Star starter, beating out New York Mets third baseman David Wright by over 1.6 million votes. 

CapitolaGal July 12, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Am I the only one that is not the least bit shocked by this information? A man who is under suspicion of rape yet is voted all-star? Who's public image didn't shift even for a moment? Everyone I spoke to said "no way" did he do it. People had their minds made up. I hope that the cops were not blinded by his star power and did not go into the investigation with the same attitude, but that they took off the star glasses and treated as they would've any other suspect. Most everything points to them not having done this. I hope their conclusions was right for the sake of the people involved and the public in general.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 06:34 PM
CapitolaGal, I think it's fair to give the Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office the benefit of the doubt on this one. They took six weeks to conclude their investigation. That is certainly not hasty. They often told the media that they would have an announcement on Sandoval, only to push back that announcement every week because of new evidence.
Shiri Gradek July 12, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I think the mention of how well he played at the All-Star games is irrelevant and should have been left out.
Kathryn Johnson July 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
No one was blinded by his "fame", they were confronted by the facts, no evidence to support her claim!!! And unfortunately there has been many cases of people claiming something that didn't happen to try to make some money!!! I think she should be charges with filing a false accusation!!! He was voted an All-Star because of his talent on the ball field, not his personal life, his public image didn't change because there was never a convincing claim or evidence!!! Also, anyone that knows him, knows this was just ridiculous!!! If "you're" going to claim rape after you find out you had sex with a "celebrity" you better have some compelling evidence!!!
Kathryn Johnson July 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Amen Shiri!!!
Kathryn Johnson July 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Yep, and all the "evidence" proved his innocence!
Jennifer Squires July 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I think it's relevant to include his recent results because he's continued to play throughout this investigation.
Pete Tassos July 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM
she shouldnt have been jocking him up to begin with...a man is a man and hes gonna do what he was too...im sure both where under the influence and felt like a SLUG after and knew people woudl judge her for gettin barreled by a stud athlete!!!...shes wak
Brad Kava (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Capitola: I'm with you. I can't help comparing a case just last week in which Santa Cruz Police arrested a man who was having sex on Highway 9 with a woman and they charged him with having sex with someone too drunk to consent. He was in jail an hour after the act..Why was this case so different? I don't know, but I'd sure like to.Both are in the Santa Cruz Patch if you search.
Quite Big Bill July 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Well, we know that he swings at anything remotely near the plate. We also know that we’re all treated equally under the Law – that it, once we have money, power and/or celebrity status, we get treated a lot better. I’m still wondering why “sexy sports stud” celebrity Sandusky was allowed to walk out of Court with his hands cuffed comfortably in the front.
Steven Williamson July 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Rape is a serious issue , however it always seems to come hours later , after its known he was a baseball star and has millions of dollars , had this woman fled the room during or closely after screaming to high heaven would have been a whole different story !!! fact is woman can holler rape anytime they want and men still have to prove WE didnt do it , a pretty EVIL weapon for scandless women , thank God not all women dont use this weapon , society is screwed up as it is Smart call Sherriffs office , had he done it id say throw away the key but this was about 15 minutes of Fame not a Crime.........
Pat Dowling July 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Innocent until proven guilty. And what proof can you offer us that the Sheriff and DA "points to them not having done this {i.e., a thorough and unbiased investigation]"? Your comments indicate to me that you're guilty of the very thing you're accusing law enforcement of: namely, BIAS.
Pat Dowling July 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
CapitolaGal: Innocent until proven guilty. And what proof can you offer us that the Sheriff and DA "points to them not having done this {i.e., a thorough and unbiased investigation]"? Your comments indicate to me that you're guilty of the very thing you're accusing law enforcement of: namely, BIAS.


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