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Sexual Assault Investigation of Cubs' Starlin Castro Begins

The investigations have begun into allegations that Chicago Cubs' shortstop Starlin Castro sexually assaulted a woman three months ago, reports CBS Chicago.

Castro flew into Chicago from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday; days after news of the sexual assault allegations hit the mainstream media. Sources told CBS he has been interviewed or will be interviewed soon by detectives.

Although investigators reportedly have wanted to question Castro since the incident happened in September, they have been unable to because Castro had already left for his native home for the offseason, according to CBS.

Castro has not returned to the United States since the incident and likely only returned for the Cubs Convention which begins on Friday.

His lawyers claim he has done nothing wrong, of course, and that the allegations are baseless. The Cubs, on the other hand, would not comment on the allegations until more information was released.

The alleged victim is reportedly a woman who met Castro at a bar and went home with him to his apartment. Police reports say she passed out and woke up to find Castro on top of her. Although specific sexual assault laws vary by state, the term usually refers to any crime in which an offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive. These crimes can range from sexual groping to rape.

Starlin Castro is an All-Star shortstop who was called up to play for the Cubs from its double A affiliate in 2010. No charges or arrest warrants have been filed in connection with the case pending the completion of the Chicago authorities’ investigation.

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