A member of the new independent baseball team in Whitefish was arrested and charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
Eric Alberto Cordova, 27, was arrested May 25 and is being held on $100,000 bond at the Flathead County Detention Center.
Cordova is originally from Los Angeles and was a pitcher for the Glacier Outlaws, an independent league baseball team established this spring in Whitefish. He was dismissed from the team after his arrest, according to club officials.
According to court records, Cordova was at a bar in downtown Whitefish with a friend on the night of May 24 when they met two women. After a few drinks, one of the women invited Cordova’s friend back to her home and all four people left the bar. At the home, the second woman went into her room, shut the door and went to sleep fully clothed. Court records state that she made it clear she was not interested in Cordova that night.
The woman woke up and her pants were pulled down and Cordova was having sex with her, according to court records. The woman slapped Cordova and began to scream she was being raped. The two other people were just outside the home and told police officers they heard her scream.
The woman called 911. When Flathead County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, Cordova was present, as well the woman and the two others. The woman was taken to the hospital where a forensic exam was administered. Cordova was taken to the Flathead County Detention Center where he allegedly acknowledged that he gotten into bed with the woman after she went to sleep.
If convicted, Cordova could face fines of up to $50,000 and more than 100 years in prison. Cordova is due to be arraigned on June 18.
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