A Texas grand jury voted not to indict the 17-year-old son of former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter on felony sexual assault charges, and the case was dismissed Wednesday, according to John Schomburger, a Collin County assistant district attorney.
“This was the ultimate test for my family for the last nine months,” said Hunter in a text message. “My son is a stronger person by going through this process. We’re looking forward to restoring his good name.”
Hunter signed a two-year, $26-million deal with the Detroit Tigers in November.
Darius McClinton-Hunter, a Prosper High student and aspiring college football player, was arrested last May and charged with the sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.
Hunter left the Angels for two weeks in May to tend to his son and family, and the case weighed heavily on the right fielder during a 2012 season in which he hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 runs batted in. Darius was not allowed to attend classes at Prosper and was forced to enroll in an alternative school.
“It was tough seeing him go through that,” Hunter said in a January interview. “He missed his senior year of football and his classmates. He’s at jail school. He shouldn’t be there.”
According to Todd Shapiro, Hunter’s lawyer, the girl who made the allegations against Darius reached out to a family friend of the Hunters and recanted her story a week after the incident. After an eight-month investigation, the grand jury determined there was not enough evidence against Darius to prosecute.