Dodgers' Trevor Bauer will not face criminal charges following sexual assault allegation

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Prosecutors in Los Angeles have decided not to file criminal charges against Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer due to insufficient evidence, USA TODAY Sports confirmed on Tuesday. 

The decision was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, which said the district attorney's office determined that there was not enough to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The decision comes after a five-month investigation into allegations by a San Diego woman that Bauer hit and choked her on two occasions during sexual encounters at his home. 

"You may not be my biggest fan or agree with everything I’ve said over the years, and that’s ok – I’m not a perfect person," Bauer said in a statement. "If you want to judge me for engaging in rough sex with a woman that I hardly knew, that’s ok too. In evaluating my life over recent months, it's clear I've made some poor choices, particularly in regards to the people that I've chosen to associate with, but I am not the person that this woman, her lawyers, and certain members of the media have painted me to be."

Bauer could still face a potential suspension by MLB of any length it chooses.

“MLB’s investigation is ongoing, and we will comment further at the appropriate time,” the league said in a statement Tuesday.

Trevor Bauer is on administrative leave from the Dodgers.

The decision was made after reviewing text messages between Bauer and his accuser, as well as in initial investigation by Pasadena Police and a transcript of a civil restraining order hearing last August.

The woman testified that Bauer choked her unconscious during two sexual encounters in Pasadena in April and May and punched her in the face and vagina during the second encounter. His attorneys cited text messages from her in which she asked him for rough sex, including being choked unconscious and slapped. 

She filed a restraining order against Bauer in June, but it was rescinded by a Los Angeles judge two months later.

Bauer, who signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers in February 2021, has been on paid administrative leave since July 2.

A decision by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Bauer's status isn't expected to be made any time soon with MLB players currently locked out by their teams as the two sides look to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Bauer's complete statement:

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