Wittels' Attorneys: Rape Case to Be Dropped

Garrett Wittels won't face rape charges, his attorneys said

Rape charges against Florida International University baseball star Garrett Wittels are expected to be dropped next week, his attorneys said Wednesday.

Wittels is expected to travel to the Bahamas on Monday to stand before a judge, said Thomas Evans, Wittels' attorney on the island.

A Wednesday hearing was postponed by Bahamaian prosecutors, Evans said.

Repeated telephone calls to the Bahamian Attorney General's Office rang unanswered.

"The charges will be dismissed on Monday," said Richard Sharpstein, another of Wittels' lawyers. "It's been a travesty of justice, but thankfully the Bahamian government after reviewing the lack of evidence are abandoning the case."

Wittels and two friends were charged with raping two 17-year-old girls from Texas during a vacation in the Bahamas last December.

The criminal charges came as Wittels was chasing NCAA history. His 56-game hitting streak ended in the FIU season opener and first game after the allegations in February.

The NCAA record is 58 consecutive games with a hit.

Wittels entered the MLB draft but was not selected and is expected to return for his senior season.

Sharpstein said the rape charges may have shied major league teams away from the hit machine.

"These false allegations had a devastating effect on his mental state and his career while they were pending," he said. "Hopefully, this will get his career back on track. He did nothing wrong. he was the victim."

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