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* San Francisco Giant Pablo Sandoval Will Not Face Charges of Alleged Sexual Assault

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San Francisco Giant Pablo Sandoval will not face charges in  connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in  Aptos last month, according to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s  Office. Sandoval, 25, was being investigated in connection with an  incident in which the woman told authorities that the Giants’ third baseman  had assaulted her at a resort in Aptos.

The announcement follows a similar statement Thursday by the Santa  Cruz County Sheriff’s Office that it’s own independent investigation had not  revealed enough evidence to warrant arresting Sandoval. Today, after reviewing the sheriff’s department’s investigation,  the district attorney’s office announced it agreed there was not enough  evidence to file charges or arrest Sandoval. “Nothing from the physical evidence and other witnesses helped  corroborate her story. All evidence that might be relevant to the contested  issues of force and lack of consent is simply inconclusive,” said Deputy  District Attorney Bob Lee.

Lee also mentioned that the “nature and number of the  complainant’s inconsistencies” led his office to the decision not to charge  Sandoval.The woman had filed a complaint against Sandoval at 4:25 a.m. on  the morning of June 1. She said she had met a group of people in downtown  Santa Cruz the previous night, then gone to the resort, according to the  sheriff’s office. An employee at the Motiv restaurant and bar at 1209 Pacific Ave.  in Santa Cruz said Sandoval was at the bar that night.

According to Lee, the sheriff’s department’s investigation was  extensive and included interviews with witnesses, search warrants, security  video tapes, text messages, toxicology reports and physical evidence.

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