April 12, 2010
Posted: 09:17 PM ET
A Georgia prosecutor announced Monday that criminal charges will not be brought against NFL Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger had been the focus of a sexual assault investigation, after a 20-year old female student at Milledgeville Georgia’s College and State University spoke to police about alleged events in the early morning hours of March 5, 2010.
District Attorney Fred Bright described that Roethlisberger and the alleged victim both bar hopped that night in separate circles, but met each other during the course of the evening. Both were drinking the DA said, and at what was to be the last stop, Millegeville’s Capitol City Night Club, the bar provided shots of alcohol.
The victim was taken by one of Roethlisberger’s bodyguards to a back hallway. The alleged victim and the NFL player went into a “small dingy bathroom.” Inconsistent statements from the alleged victim leave questions about what happened in that room, Bright concluded. Roethlisberger has consistently denied through his attorney Ed Garland any criminal activity.
A friend took the alleged victim to Oconee Regional Medical Center, and a sexual assault kit showed “superficial lacerations” and bleeding in the genital area. The district attorney could not determine if the wounds were or were not from a sexual assault. Human male DNA was present, but the presence was so minute, there was no identifying profile. Police did not collect a DNA sample from the quarterback, Bright said because there was “no known male DNA sample.”
Bright said he had received a letter from the alleged victim saying she did not want prosecution of this case.
During the lengthy press conference the prosecutor said there were inconsistent statements given by the alleged victim. Her first answer was "No" when asked by police “did he rape you?” Another statement made by the college student: “I don’t know if this is a good idea.” Bright said when she was sober the alleged victim stated she told him (Roethlisberger) “it wasn’t ok… we don’t need to do this. I went to the first door… he came in… he then had sex with me.”
Bright said he did not have probable cause to arrest Roethlisberger and could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime of rape had been committed. Bright also said during the press conference “significant questions of what occurred persist.”
– Jean Casarez, In Session Correspondent
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