April 12th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

No charges in Roethlisberger case

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not face criminal charges, a Georgia district attorney said Monday.

Roethlisberger was accused last month of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at a Milledgeville, Georgia, nightspot.

"The sexual allegation against Mr. Roethlisberger cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright. "Therefore, there will be no arrest made, nor criminal prosecution of Mr. Roethlisberger for his actions here on March 5, 2010."

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  1. Art

    Seems the "lady" was an adult but underage to drink and so drunk she didn't know what was going on, and the cut on her head wasn't there according to the hospital, nor was any recognizable and testable DNA.

    Seems she doesn't want to file charges, And she didn't know what was going on during her "kind of rape". If every eligible man who is stocked by women have to remain celibate they should change the name of football teams to more religious ones like the Philadelphia Brothers or the Pittsburgh Priests. There are hundreds of these "trumped up cases" every year in colleges and pros. Get use to them even when few are tried and that seems to prove that the charges are usually false or elaborated on.

    Now the NFL will get into the act and make him say two hail Marys and 3 Our Fathers so they can say they are acting on something that they have no reason to act on. If the PGA was the NFL, Tiger would be carrying the bags rather than getting all the headlines for finishing 4th at the master’s.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J.R.

    so like what if the guy isn't guilty. Do you know how many women hit on hin! He's a celeb. He's got money. Come on the guy probably turns down more than most men even walk past. So some drunk bimbo comes onto him. Maybe he accepts, maybe he rejects the slob and all of a sudden she's claiming he molested her. OK, if he did burn the dude. But get real as we have seen recently these "ladies" see a big payday and have no class or style about how they earn the money. On their back. Blackmail. Sell to the sleeze mags. And can they lie????!!!! These women make it impossible for women who really are accosted to make it stick.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Herbert T. Daugherty

    The great thing about having money and fame is that prosecuters are forced to presume innocence until otherwise proven. Putting yourself into a bad situation does not mean you are guility of a crime. There are plenty of gold diggers and hangers on who see a quick buck in a celebrity. Sexual assault is a serious crime, filing false charges should be treated just as serious. If someone is acquitted or the evidence is overwhelming that they are innocent, the accuser should be publicly identified. The double standards in this country apply to many things: gender, race and wealth.

    We should all be able to have great lawyers to guide is through the justice system. How many cases are actually about justice, not winning or losing (on either side).

    April 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    I am completely disgusted with some of the people's comments regarding this issue. When society as a whole chooses not to believe a survivor over a perpetrator, they are continuing the cycle of disbelief and ignorance. People don't want to believe that their "superstars" are capable of such deplorable acts, so they blame the survivor & claim that he/she is lying. I understand they "do not have enough evidence to prosecute" but, that doesn't discredit her story & that doesn't change the fact that this is the SECOND accusation of assault for this man. Society needs to stop coddling these athletes & makes them accountable for their actions. We need to believe those who have been assaulted & make it easier for them to speak up & speak out, rather than feeling ashamed & remaining silent.

    April 13, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jae

    Good guy? Most good guys have the sense to know not to put themselves into the same situation twice. A night with a drunken 20 year old never amounts to anything good. No one knows for sure who is telling the truth except for the two people involved so both of them should not have put themselves in situations where this kind of thing could happen. I don't feel sorry for either of them because their lack of judgment is stupidity at its best.

    April 13, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
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