Former GJ Rockies appear on rape charge
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A judge has told two members of the Asheville Tourists baseball team that they could face life in prison without parole after being charged in the rape of a woman in their apartment.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported 23-year-old relief pitchers Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux made their first appearances Friday in Buncombe County District Court. The two are charged by police with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sex offense.
Judge Calvin Hill agreed with a prosecution request that the defendants be required to remain in Buncombe County pending further court orders.
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.
Mason remains in jail and appeared in court by a video link. Both players have been suspended. He told the court he also has an attorney.
Arrest reports released by police say the incident occurred last Saturday.
The Colorado Rockies, Asheville’s parent club, said both teams are working with authorities.
Both players pitched last summer for the Grand Junction Rockies and were assigned to Asheville after spring training. Both have been suspended by the Tourists. Meaux has been on the disabled list since May 24 with a shoulder injury. Mason had made 21 relief appearances this season. Both were on the inactive list before their arrest.