Trevor Bauer Sexual Assault: Everything We Know
In the beginning of July, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was placed on administrative leave following allegations that he brutally and sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman. News about the superstar pitcher came as a shock to baseball fans, and now police and the MLB are investigating what really happened.
- Update August 5, 2021: Trevor Bauer accuser shares injury photo
- Update February 8, 2022: Trevor Bauer won’t be charged in sexual assault investigation
- Update April 25, 2022: Trevor Bauer files suit against sex abuse accuser
- Update April 27, 2022: “MLB has suspended the Dodgers pitcher for 324 games — two full seasons — for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy” – source.
- Update April 29, 2022: Trevor Bauer Faces New Allegations Woman Claims He Choked Her Unconscious During Sex – source.
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About the Trevor Bauer Sexual Assault Case
Bauer has yet to be charged, but he could face felony assault charges. The allegations arose when the woman involved in the incident went to the L.A. County Superior Court and filed a domestic violence restraining order. It was temporary ex parte, meaning that she got the restraining order without input from Bauer, the other party. She requested that Bauer goes into a Batterer Intervention Program, where he would have to participate in weekly education sessions and counseling for an entire year.
There is a hearing coming up on July 23, and Bauer’s representatives are planning to deny the allegations and say that the sexual encounters were consensual. They could also argue that the restraining order should be removed because there is not sufficient proof to show that Bauer is guilty. The administrative leave has already been extended once, but could stay in place until there is a resolution.
Usually, once someone reports domestic violence to the police, the person they are accusing would automatically be arrested. But so far, Bauer has not been arrested.
Defenses to Sexual Assault Charges
When it comes to criminal cases, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is indeed guilty. They might be able to do this with strong witness accounts and physical evidence.
What Bauer’s defense is likely to be is to say how the act was consensual. In these types of cases, you can say that you weren’t there at the time and it never happened, or perhaps somebody else did it. But since it’s clear that Bauer was involved with this woman, his only choice would be to say that she willingly participated in the act.
If you are in Bauer’s position and dealing with sexual assault allegations, then you may have evidence to show that you weren’t anywhere near the supposed victim when the alleged rape occurred. Perhaps you were at work and your boss can attest to that fact, or you were at a party and you have time-stamped footage to prove it. Or, you and your defense lawyer can discuss ways in which you can prove you had consent, if that is your defense. You might have text messages where you discuss the sexual encounter with the alleged victim, for instance. Your lawyer will help you decide the best course of action.
What to Do If You’re Charged With Sexual Assault
As soon as you get arrested, make sure you get in touch with a sex crimes defense lawyer right away. Don’t tell the police anything, even if you feel like they’re pressuring you to talk. You have Miranda rights and you don’t need to say a thing. Just tell the cops that you would like to speak to your lawyer.
When you’re out of jail, write down everything you remember about your arrest in case the police did anything wrong (like illegally search you). Then, meet with your lawyer and bring any evidence you have.
Typically, criminal cases end in a plea deal instead of a trial, where you may plead guilty to some counts in exchange for a reduced sentence. If you don’t want to do that, your lawyer will gladly work with you to find a better solution.
Contact Robin D. Perry & Associates
If you need help defending yourself against sexual assault charges, then get in touch with the Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates now. Robin D. Perry is a former Deputy District Attorney, and he knows how to defend cases like yours.
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