Roethlisberger being investigated in connection with alleged sexual assault

Posted March 05, 2010 @ 9:53 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault, Milledgeville, Ga., police announced Friday.

Police said the incident was alleged to have occurred at the Capital City nightclub in Milledgeville and was reported early Friday morning. The victim was interviewed by police on Friday and was also treated at a local hospital and released.

Police on Friday said they were interviewing the victim and witnesses and collecting evidence. The alleged incident will continue to be investigated by the Milledgeville Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, police said. Roethlisberger was named in connection with the alleged incident based on witness allegations and reporting officers, police said.

A Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit against Roethlisberger last July, alleging Roethlisberger had sexually assaulted her in July 2008. Criminal charges were not brought against Roethlisberger, who strongly denied the allegations. The civil suit is still pending. 

Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, released the following statement Friday regarding the Georgia allegation:

"Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening. We have spoken to law enforcement. Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night. Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved."

TMZ.com first reported the Georgia allegation against Roethlisberger earlier on Friday.

 

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