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Giants' Kevin Mitchell Is Charged With Rape : Baseball: Outfielder arrested at his home in Chula Vista and released after posting $61,000 bail.

December 02, 1991|JONATHAN GAW | TIMES STAFF WRITER

CHULA VISTA — San Francisco Giant outfielder Kevin Mitchell was arrested Saturday for allegedly raping a female acquaintance, San Diego County sheriffs said.

Mitchell, a 29-year-old Chula Vista resident, was arrested at his home in Chula Vista on charges of forcible rape, rape with a foreign object, false imprisonment and battery.

The victim was an acquaintance of Mitchell and went to his house to talk to him after being invited over shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, Chula Vista police said.

"The victim alleges that Mitchell dragged her into his bedroom where he forcibly raped her," said Chula Vista Police Lt. George Sherwood.

The woman then went home and reported the incident to Chula Vista police around 6 a.m. Mitchell was arrested at his home at 3:45 p.m. without incident, police said. Mitchell was booked into the county's Central Detention Facility, and released at 10:10 p.m. after posting $61,000 bail.

Giants President and General Manager Al Rosen on Sunday declined comment. "I haven't talked to Kevin or his agent (Joe Sroba)," Rosen said.

Two years ago, Mitchell's girl friend filed a civil suit filed against him, accusing him of beating her at their Foster City, Calif., home and threatening her with a gun.

In a settlement of the suit, Mitchell was required to attend 24 counseling sessions, which he completed earlier this year.

In September, a house guest of Mitchell's, Kyle Patrick Winters was arrested in connection with the 1988 slaying of a San Diego police officer who was chasing gang members.

Winters, 27, was arrested at Candlestick Park in San Francisco while he was picking up a ticket left for him by Mitchell. Winters had been staying at Mitchell's Foster City home and was driving Mitchell's car, police said.

Murder charges have been filed against Winters and five other alleged gang members in connection with the slaying of San Diego police officer Jerry Hartless.

Mitchell was traded to the Padres from the New York Mets in 1986 and a year later went to San Francisco.

In 1989, he was National League most valuable player when he led the league with 47 home runs and 125 runs batted in.

After that season, Mitchell signed a four-year, $15 million contract with the Giants.

Players in the Giants' clubhouse frequently have complained about his preferential treatment, and San Francisco's front office was trying to trade him this off-season for a starting pitcher.

Times staff writer Bob Nightengale contributed to this story.

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