Police finish Big Ben investigation, send findings to DA
April 7, 2010 4:30 PM
Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constiution
File photo of Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Frederic Bright, who has been given the case involving Ben Roethlisberger and a college student.
By Dan Majors Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities have concluded their month-long investigation into allegations that Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman and forwarded their findings to the local district attorney.
Milledgeville Police Chief Woodrow W. Blue Jr. today released a statement saying the findings had been sent Tuesday evening to Frederic D. Bright, Ocmulgee Judical Court district attorney.
The judicial court encompasses Milledgeville, near where the Steelers quarterback has an off-season home.
Mr. Bright will review the findings, consider whether additional investigation and interviews are necessary, and decide whether criminal charges should be filed.
If so, Mr. Bright would take the findings before a grand jury, meaning it could be months before charges, if any, are brought against the Steelers quarterback.
The investigation into Mr. Roethlisberger, 28, began last month when a student at Georgia College and State University told police he sexually assaulted her inside a nightclub called Capital City. Authorities have been vague about the circumstances and specific accusations.
Mr. Roethlisberger has denied doing anything wrong through his Atlanta-based attorney.
On Monday, Mr. Bright took a 20-minute tour of the nightclub. He was accompanied by Carl Cansino, the club's lawyer.
Authorities would not comment on whether the tour was related to the Roethlisberger investigation.
Chief Blue said the department would have no further comment.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.