Police hand off to prosecutors to decide on charges

The Pasadena Police Department has turned over the Trevor Bauer case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, leaving prosecutors to decide whether the Dodgers pitcher should be charged with a crime after an “extensive investigation” by police.

Pasadena Police Lt. Carolyn Gordon confirmed the development Friday to USA TODAY Sports but declined to say whether the police recommended any charges against Bauer.

“On Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, the Pasadena Police Department, after an extensive investigation, presented the Trevor Bauer case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for review,” Gordon said. “We have no further comment.”

Bauer had been under police investigation since May, when a San Diego woman he befriended on Instagram said he assaulted her during sex.

She said they met on two occasions at his home in Pasadena April and May and that he choked her unconscious both times. On the second occasion, she also said he punched her face and vagina, leading her to go to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with an acute head injury and assault by strangulation, according to court records. His representatives said their relations were consensual and that the woman asked for rough sex, including being choked and slapped.

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