New York Yankees outfielder Luis Polonia was ordered to remain in Milwaukee today after a prosecutor spent several hours questioning people about an incident that apparently involved a 15-year-old girl at a hotel.
Polonia was freed Wednesday on $5,000 bail, and Assistant District Attorney John DiMotto said he would continue reviewing the case. No charges have been filed.The district attorney's office said this morning DiMotto was in court on other cases and was not expected to consider the Polonia matter until later today.
DiMotto interviewed police, the girl, and Polonia's lawyer after the baseball player was arrested early Wednesday morning at a downtown hotel.
"We're not about to rush into any charges," DiMotto said.
A police report said Polonia, 24, was arrested in connection with an investigation of second-degree sexual assault.
DiMotto said sexual consent is not a defense in cases involving juveniles under age 16.
"They could find there is not enough to prosecute and may dismiss him. Nothing has been set," Yankees spokesman Arthur Richman said.
Richman said Polonia was arrested by Milwaukee police about 3 a.m. at the downtown Pfister Hotel.
"He met some girl from the ballpark, from what I understand, or he knew her. He and his foster parents were driven back to the hotel last night and this girl with him," Richman said.
"He was with this girl; I don't know her name," he added. "She apparently went with him. ..."
"Her mother called Luis and told Luis she was underage. According to people at the hotel, they say the girl looked like she was in her 20s but her mother says 15," he said.
Richman said Yankees owner George Steinbrenner could not be immediately reached for comment.
"It's a shame to see that happen," Yankees manager Dallas Green said. "It's a personal thing. All you can do is warn people. You can't live their lives.
"We can't make a decision until we get all the facts," Green added.
The Yankees, in Milwaukee for a three-game series against the Brewers, moved on to Detroit, where they play four games with the Tigers, beginning tonight.
Authorities said Polonia told them he thought the girl was 19. Hasting said the girl didn't make it clear whether she told the player her age.