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Updated at 5:32 p.m. EST Monday, April 12

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault, Ocmulgee (Ga.) Judicial Circuit district attorney Fred Bright announced Monday. Roethlisberger had been under investigation after a woman alleged he had sexually assaulted her at a Milledgeville, Ga., nightclub in March.

"The sexual allegation against Mr. Roethlisberger cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," Bright said in explaining why charges would not be filed.

Bright also said that the accuser's lawyer had written to him on March 17 to tell him the accuser no longer wanted the case to be prosecuted. Bright said that even in absence of the accuser not wanting to pursue the matter further, the evidence in the case pointed to no charges being filed against Roethlisberger.

ESPN.com reported Monday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with Roethlisberger this week.

Steelers team president Art Rooney released the following statement regarding Roethlisberger on Monday: "The investigation process in Georgia has been deliberate and the District Attorney's decision regarding Ben Roethlisberger speaks for itself.

"During the past few weeks I have met with Ben on a number of occasions, not only to discuss this incident, but also to discuss his commitment to making sure something like this never happens again. The Pittsburgh Steelers take the conduct of players and staff very seriously. Ben will now have to work hard to earn back the respect and trust of Steelers fans, and to live up to the leadership responsibilities we all expect of him.

"In the coming days Ben will meet with Commissioner Goodell to discuss his resolve to abide by the league's personal conduct standards. After consultation with the Commissioner, our organization will determine the next steps in this process."

Roethlisberger is facing a civil lawsuit in Nevada brought by a woman who alleges he sexually assaulted her in July 2008. Criminal charges were not brought against Roethlisberger, who has denied the allegations and has filed a countersuit.

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