By Mary O’KEEFE
A Glendale man has been charged with rape in Asheville, N.C. where he was a member of the Tourists baseball team.
Jesse Meaux, 23, who played baseball at Glendale High School and at UC Santa Barbara, and Tourists teammate Michael Mason, 23, from Ohio who played for Marshall, were both arrested on Aug. 1 for an alleged rape of a woman on July 27.
Both men were in Buncombe County District Court 2 on Aug. 2 and each were charged with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first degree sexual offense, according to a Buncombe County Court official.
The charges were first reported in the Asheville Citizen Times. According to the Citizen-Times, the alleged offenses involved one woman and the incident occurred at the men’s apartment in Asheville on July 27.
Tourists’ general manager Larry Hawkins referred all inquiries to a prepared statement.
“The Colorado Rockies and their affiliate, the Asheville Tourists, are aware of the arrest and the very serious allegations made against the two players,” the club stated in the release. “Each organization is shocked and deeply concerned about the allegations.”
Major League’s the Colorado Rockies is the parent club of the Tourists.
Both players, who had been on the disabled list with the Tourists, have been suspended as the investigation and legal process continues.
“We are working with the authorities investigating the circumstances and issues surrounding the events and are awaiting further details and findings,” the statement continued.
Meaux was a 19th-round pick in 2011 out of UCSB. Mason was a 24th-round pick in 2012 out of Marshall.
Both men have been ordered to remain in Buncombe County pending future court proceedings.
The two will be back in court on Aug. 23.