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Johan Santana, Mets Pitcher, Dismisses Rape Allegations: "The Case is Closed"

New York Mets starter Johan Santana throws a warmup pitch during the spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Wednesday, March 24, 2010. The left-hander gave up two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, stretching beyond the fourth for the first time this spring, and the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros 5-2 Wednesday. AP Photo/Richard Drew

New York Mets starter Johan Santana (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (CBS/AP) New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has declared his innocence regarding a rape accusation against him and stated "the case is closed" and has been closed since last year.

A young woman who wishes to remain anonymous claimed that last October Santana forced himself on her in a sexual manner while the pair was walking along a golf course in Ft. Myers, Florida

The the state attorney's office decided not to prosecute the case in January of this year due to lack of evidence.

In a written statement, prosecutors said, "There is not enough evidence to prove lack of consent, the alleged victim's statement is not consistent with other witnesses."

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the accuser's computer but determined it held no useful evidence.

After Santana briefly addressed the situation Wednesday, the Mets came forward and said that they are aware of the allegations and believe "it's a personal matter."

According to the incident report, Santana and the woman were walking on the golf course around 9 p.m. on Oct. 27 when the famed pitcher began to make sexual advances. The report states that the woman told Santana multiple times to stop, but he allegedly persisted.

She contends they had non-consensual intercourse.  The "victim" claims she dressed herself and then walked back to the tennis courts to watch Santana play tennis.  She said she later returned home and washed her face.

That's what she said.

Looks like it's game, set, and match for this case.

  • Caroline Black

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