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February 01, 2019

Report: Gabe Kapler, Dodgers failed to contact police when 17-year-old told him she was assaulted

The girl later reportedly told police she'd been sexually assaulted

Gabe Kapler didn’t contact police when a 17-year-old girl emailed him and told him two women had assaulted her while she was partying with two Dodgers minor league players, according to a new story from the Washington Post.

The report, posted Friday evening, depicts events in February of 2015, when Kapler was director of player development for the Dodgers.

According to the report, the girl emailed Kapler and told him what happened when she partied with two of his team’s players.

After consuming half a bottle of vodka and throwing up, the girl, who had run away from home six months earlier, was allegedly kicked and punched by two women also partying with the Dodgers players. The girl told Kapler that one of the players videotaped the beating on his phone instead of helping her.

Kapler never contacted police, according to the Post’s report, and instead tried to arrange a dinner with the girl and the Dodgers players to “teach valuable lessons to all involved.” He came in contact with the girl’s grandmother and explained the idea, but the girl wasn’t receptive, and eventually fled.

The next week, after being contacted by Arizona’s Department of Child Safety, the girl told police one of the Dodgers players had also sexually assaulted her when she lied down on a bed before she threw up.

In a statement to the Post, Kapler said his actions were “in line with club policy and advice offered by Dodgers’ lawyers and human resources personnel.” He also said he wasn’t aware of the sexual assault allegation until this week.

It appears this story is different from a November story by The Daily Beast in which a Dodgers minor league player sexually assaulted a maid in Arizona in 2015.

In that case, Kapler wrote an email to Dodgers officials saying that the "report made me feel embarrassed for our organization. I assured him that we’d address the situation swiftly and that this would not be an issue going forward."

In October, a Sports Illustrated report claimed that the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating the Kapler-era Dodgers for their player recruitment tactics.

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