(WJBK) - Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed was placed on probation Friday morning after pleading no contest to misdemeanor aggravated assault.
Reed entered the plea last month in an agreement with prosecutors to resolve a sexual assault case. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing. Two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct have been dropped.
A woman says she met Reed the evening before opening day 2014 at a suburban bar and they went to a Detroit casino-hotel. She says she blacked out after drinking and awoke naked in bed with Reed. Reed says their sex was consensual.
The victim, unhappy with the plea deal, spoke out in court.
"I have been painted as a sleazy, money-hungry cougar that is making up this story because he is a professional athlete and sees dollar signs at the end of the road. Let it be known I am none of those things. I am a grown, confident, honest woman who was raised in a loving, stable, Italian, Catholic home, brought up with good values and respect for myself," she said. Reed did not speak.
He was sentenced to do 120 hours of community service, and to pay $4,480 in restitution to the victim and other costs. He is allowed to serve his community service hours in California, where he lives. He will check in by phone.
Reed appeared in 32 games last season for Detroit and 17 with Triple-A Toledo.