Alleged sex assault by Giants' Pablo Sandoval investigated
A sexual assault investigation involving San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval will be referred to the Santa Cruz County district attorney's office for review, officials said.
A sex crimes detective has interviewed both Sandoval and his accuser and will refer the case to the district attorney's office to determine whether charges will be filed, sheriff's Deputy April Skalland told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The investigation began Friday after the woman, whose name has not been released, called 911 at 4:25 a.m. to report the alleged incident, officials said. The woman said she was assaulted after a small group met in Santa Cruz and went to the nearby Seascape Beach Resort in unincorporated Aptos.
Deputies met Sandoval at the resort, the Chronicle reported. He then met detectives at the sheriff's department with his lawyer.
Eric Geffon, Sandoval's attorney, called the alleged incident a "consensual, personal relationship of a sexual nature."
“Pablo fully cooperated with the Sheriff's Department," Geffon said in a statement Saturday. "Out of respect for the process, we have no further comment at this time.”
The 25-year-old Sandoval has been on the disabled list while recovering from May 4 surgery on his left hand.
— Kate Mather