Lawyer: Rape Charges Against College Baseball Star to Be Dropped

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The lawyer representing a Florida International baseball star accused of raping a teenage tourist in the Bahamas says the charges will be dropped.

Garrett Wittels, who had a 56-game hitting streak end earlier this year, was charged with raping the 17-year-old girl on Dec. 20 while visiting the archipelago east of Florida.

His lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, told The Associated Press late Wednesday that prosecutors are dropping the charges against Wittels and two friends, Robert Rothschild and Jonathan Oberti.

All three will appear at a hearing Monday, when the charges will be formally dismissed.

Wittels recently finished his junior season. He was not chosen in the major league draft, and Sharpstein said "the dramatic effect this has had on his career can never be compensated."