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Former MU player charged with rape

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A former Marshall University baseball player faces life in prison without parole after he and another man were charged in the rape of a woman in their apartment.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 23-year-old Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux made their first appearances Friday in Buncombe County District Court. The two, both relief pitchers for the Asheville Tourists minor league baseball team, are charged by police with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sex offense.

Mason is a former Marshall University baseball player from Maumee, Ohio, who was drafted at the conclusion of the 2011 season by the Texas Rangers in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball draft and was redrafted in 2012 in the 24th round by the Colorado Rockies. The Asheville ball club is a Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Judge Calvin Hill agreed with a prosecution request that the defendants be required to remain in Buncombe County pending further court orders.

Mason remained in jail on a $100,000 bond and appeared in court by a video link. Both players have been suspended. Mason's next court date is set for Friday, Aug. 23.

Meaux posted $100,000 bond and was released from the Buncombe County jail Friday. Attorney James Minick declined to discuss the case, as did his client.

Arrest reports released by police say the incident occurred Saturday, July 27.

The Colorado Rockies, Asheville's parent club, said both teams are working with authorities.

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