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Montero subject of police investigation

Sounders' FC star forward Fredy Montero is the subject of a police investigation in Bellevue, but has been charged with no crime.

A spokesman for Major League Soccer said they were leaving responses to the Sounders. And the Sounders have put out a statement saying: "We fully support Fredy and expect him to play next week. We will have no further comment at this time."

By "next week" they mean the April 11 game against Kansas City at Qwest Field. Montero did not travel with the team for their game in Toronto tomorrow, however, that was explained as due to illness and unrelated to the legal investigation originally reported on the P-I website.

My own calls to law enforcement -- like the P-I's -- indicate that an adult woman has made two accusations against Montero: a March 22 sexual assault and a March 31 incident where she saw Montero in a car near her home and became fearful.

The King County Sherriff's office investigated the March 31 incident and determined that no crime took place. The Bellevue Police Department has investigated the March 22 incident and is turning its findings over to the King County Prosecutor's office.

"It is an open investigation that is in the process of being turned over to the prosecutor," Bellevue police spokesman Greg Granis said today. "Since no charges have been filed I can't comment on it or identify anybody involved."

He did confirm that the department is investigating a March 22 assault case: "If charges are filed against anyone in the case, that would come from the King County prosecutor."

The prosecutor's office confirmed that the matter has been passed along from Bellevue police, that no decision has been made on it, and that none is expected until next week.

Just two weeks into his MLS playing career, Montero has become one of the top stars of the Sounders and the league, and he was the subject of this News Tribune feature on Thursday.