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Santana accused of sexual assault last October in Florida

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana in the

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana in the dugout during his game against the Detroit Tigers. (June 23, 2010) Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Mets pitcher Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery last October by a woman in Florida, but prosecutors declined to pursue the case because of a lack of evidence.

The allegation was first reported Wednesday by

Santana read a statement before the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Tigers last night. Standing in front of his locker with a Mets media relations official beside him, Santana said:

"I'm aware of this situation. I can tell you that police have investigated these claims last year, and I was never charged with anything, and the case is closed. Unfortunately, at this time, that's all I can say. And I have no further comment."

Santana was accused of assaulting a woman on Oct. 27, 2009, during a late-night walk on a Fort Myers, Fla., golf course, according to a police report filed by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report - in which the woman's name is blacked out - Santana is referred to as a "friend/acquaintance" of the woman. The report states that Santana had sex with the woman against her wishes and then played tennis with a different person while the woman watched in a gated community in Fort Myers.

On the police report, Santana's occupation is listed as "confidential."

A subsequent report by the sheriff's office dated Dec. 8, 2009, states that prosecutors declined to pursue the case.

That report states: "There is not enough evidence to prove lack of consent . . . the alleged victim's statement is not consistent with other witnesses' observations."

Santana, 31, is in the middle of a six-year, $137.5-million contract with the Mets. He is married with three children.

The Mets, in a statement, said: "We're aware of the situation. It's a personal matter."

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