The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is not filing criminal charges against Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer, TMZ Sports reports. Bauer had been under investigation after a Southern California woman accused him of assaulting her during a sexual encounter last year.
Bauer’s accuser later initiated a civil proceeding for a restraining order against him. Around the same time, the Pasadena Police Department began a criminal investigation. While Bauer’s accuser was granted a temporary ex parte restraining order in June, a trial court denied her request for a permanent restraining order two months later following a week-long hearing. Not long thereafter, Pasadena PD turned the results of their criminal investigation over to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether criminal charges were warranted.
A bit more than five months after taking over the criminal investigation, the DA’s Office has chosen not to pursue criminal charges. Britt Ghiroli of the Athletic relays an excerpt of the DA’s Office’s formal decision (on Twitter): “After a thorough review of the available evidence, including the civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements and the physical evidence, the People are unable to prove the relevant charges beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Bauer was placed on paid administrative leave when the pending investigation was first made public late last June. He remained on administrative leave — a process designed to afford Major League Baseball time to investigate allegations of this nature, not to reflect any finding of fact on the league’s part — for the remainder of the 2021 season.
The absence of criminal charges does not bring an end to the MLB investigation. The MLB – MLB Players Association Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy permits MLB to impose discipline even in the absence of criminal charges. While Bauer was on administrative leave, it was reported that an Ohio woman had received an ex parte civil stalking protection order against him in June 2020 after also alleging he assaulted her during sex.
After hearing news of the DA’s Office’s declination to file charges, MLB released a brief statement (via Ghiroli): “MLB’s investigation is ongoing and we will comment further at the appropriate time.” After the District Attorney’s Office announced their decision, Bauer released a video (on Twitter) denying that he assaulted his accuser and asserting the entirety of their sexual encounter was consensual.