Jesse Meaux case enters new year

A six-month saga involving Glendale High alumnus Jesse Meaux will extend into a new year as another court date was set for the one-time pitching prospect.

Meaux is expected back in Buncombe County District Court in North Carolina on Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. EDT for more pretrial activity, as proceedings that took place Nov. 22 were continued again.

The 24-year-old Meaux, along with Asheville Tourists baseball teammate Michael Mason, was charged with two counts each of felony first degree rape and felony first degree sexual offense on Aug. 2, with each offense carrying a minimum of 12 years per charge.

Judge Calvin Hill, however, informed both men earlier this summer that those counts brought about a chance of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The alleged incident took place early morning on July 27 at an apartment complex of the Asheville Tourists baseball team, the minor league low class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Meaux and teammate Mason were accused by a 19-year-old female.

While no weapons were used or injuries suffered, according to a police incident report, drugs and/or alcohol were present.

Mason, who was also initially charged with two counts of felony first degree rape and first degree sexual offense, has one of those counts of rape now “pending,” according to a court official.

Neither defendant has entered a plea yet, while Meaux has been out on bail and Mason took part in a pretrial release program.

As far as baseball goes, the Tourists placed both Mason and Meaux on the restricted list on Sept. 19, which allows Asheville and Colorado to continue to hold onto the rights of the players while they are currently out of baseball.

Calls to Meaux’s attorney Al Messer were not returned.

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