Castro Will Not Be Charged with Sexual Assault

According to a report from the Tribune, “Cook County prosecutors have declined to lodge charges against Chicago Cub shortstop Starlin Castro after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at his Chicago home last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s office worked with the Chicago Police Department to conduct a comprehensive review. There was not enough evidence to charge Castro with a crime according to the Tribune.

From the Tribune:

There’s not sufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge in the case,” said Sally Daly,spokeswoman with the State’s Attorney’s office. The allegations were reviewed and everyone involved in the case, including the alleged victim, was interviewed by police, said Daly. The matter never made it to a grand jury, said Daly. Any available witness, all of the facts of the case were examined very closely, said Daly. The review of the case was exhaustive. She said that if any additional information becomes apparent or new witnesses come forward officials would look at the case again.

The lawyer for the woman that accused Castro of assaulting her said he was disappointed with the prosecutor’s decision. Paul Zido did not rule out if a lawsuit would be filed against Castro.

Jed Hoyer issued the following statement Friday night: “We’re pleased for Starlin that this issue is resolved and glad that he can continue to keep his focus on baseball activities.”

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  • matthew8510

    well atleast if he was charged he cant make any errors in jail right?

  • Zonk

    Castro’s defense worked this time, but back to baseball…….we have to be concerned long-term about his defense at SS.  He has the arm and range, but the errors are a killer.  He is young so it’s not the end of the road, but IMO it’s critical for the Cubs that Castro remain at SS.

    A move to 2B MIGHT be OK; his bat plays OK there.  But if he has to move to the OF, Castro just becomes a nice hitting OF with limited power.  Not near as valuable a player.

    This is a problem

    • Tom U

      I don’t know whether this helps matters or not, but the organization looks like its developing a Gold Glove caliber shortstop in Elliot Soto.

      • Zonk

        His stats look like he is very offensively challenged.  Not alot of contact, which he makes up for by a complete lack of any power.

        • Tom U

          Less than a week ago, he was hitting over .300 and was elevated to the lead-off spot. I’ll continue to watch how this develops.

    • Chadaudio

      Yeah, I would rather keep Castro in the infield if at all possible… and I’m also starting to lean towards 2B rather then  3B.

      Yes, I also wish he would work out at SS (we could really use him there) but it just doesn’t look like he’s ever going to figure it out.  

      Unfortunately, we just don’t have any other options.  Barney is also a terrible SS.  Many scouts (like Keith Law) think he shouldn’t even be considered a backup SS… Lake and Baez are also largely considered for a position change.  So, if we are going to have a terrible defensive SS – it might as well be Castro for now.

  • cubs1967

    dewitt in LF…???…long live Quade.