My point is that her credibility, ex ante, is not enough to jump to conclusions without corroborating evidence.
A 17 year old girl who has spent time "on the streets" may not be a "naive victim." She may well be a victim of sex trafficking, but also may at the same time be a hustler (baseball player = money).
There are some weird aspects:
"In the email, which the grandmother later provided to police, she explained that she had just received a troubling phone call from her 17-year-old granddaughter, who had run away from home six months ago."
Kapler replied quickly with a phone call, the grandmother later told police, and he apologized and offered to help the granddaughter, “in any way she needed (money for the doctor, food or a place to stay),” the grandmother later told police.
Kapler, in his statement this week, denied offering the girl or her grandmother money.
A few hours later, the grandmother emailed Kapler again. Her granddaughter was now homeless, she wrote; her boyfriend had just kicked her out of his apartment.
“Is there any way you can help her?” she wrote.
Kapler didn’t reply to this email, records show.
According to the girl’s interview with police, she had never met the Dodgers players before that night. She had met the two women just recently “through Facebook,” she explained. One of women was dating one of the Dodgers players, while the other player, whom she identified in the police report, was single.