Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not face charges stemming from an incident in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in the bathroom of a bar in Milledgeville, Ga. “The sexual allegations against Mr. Roethlisberger cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt; therefore, there will be no arrest made nor criminal prosecution of Mr. Roethlisberger for his actions here,” Fred Bright, the district attorney for Ocmulgee County, said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Bright said he received a letter from the accuser, whose name has not been revealed, several weeks after the incident saying she did not want to proceed with prosecution. “Everyone agrees that the victim was highly intoxicated,” Bright said. Later, Bright said, one of Roethlisberger’s bodyguards escorted the woman down a back hallway and Roethlisberger followed her into a small bathroom — Bright said it was less than five feet wide.
“Significant questions about what occurred persist,” Bright said. The woman was eventually driven to the hospital by friends, and an emergency room doctor and two nurses examined her. Bright said they noted a superficial laceration, bruising and slight bleeding in her genital area, but that everything else was normal and that the doctor could not say definitively that the bruising was from any kind of trauma or sexual assault. The doctor and nurses collected a standard rape evidence kit. Initial testing found human male DNA present, although the emergency room doctor found no evidence of semen. Further testing was done, but Bright said that because the sample was so small, a DNA profile could not be obtained.
“Every case must be viewed in the context of its circumstances,” Bright said. “Here, the overall circumstances do not lead to a viable prosecution. We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger’s actions that night. We do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes.”
SMH. If Ben was black, this most certainly be a crime, and his a$s would most certainly be in jail. Discuss…