Red Sox scout Levis arrested
Team looking into charges against former big league catcher
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Red Sox scout has been arrested on two felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for an incident Sunday in a Port St. Lucie, Fla., hotel.
The team is looking into the charges against Jesse Levis, a former big league catcher, who completed his first season as a pro scout for the Red Sox in 2007.
"I talked to [general manager] Theo [Epstein] and we're looking into it," said Red Sox spokesman John Blake. "We take these things very seriously. We won't have any further comment until we have a chance to look into all of the facts."
Numerous media outlets, including The Boston Globe and Boston Herald, reported Levis, 39, spent Sunday night in the Port St. Lucie County jail before posting bond of $50,000, according to Officer Robert Vega of the Port St. Lucie Department.
Levis, according to the official police report, was arrested after the night manager of a Port St. Lucie hotel reported that a guest filed a complaint. Police interviewed two female guests, both under the age of 16, who said they saw Levis standing naked at the window of his hotel room, which overlooked the pool.
Two other female guests, both adults, told police they also witnessed Levis. Vega said in the reports the state's attorney plans to file two additional counts of lewd and lascivious behavior, both misdemeanors, because they involved persons over the age of 16.
Levis, who was a backup catcher for the Indians and Brewers, was a veteran of nine big league seasons.
Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.