The Milledgeville, Ga., police officer who took the first report from the woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger of rape has resigned.
Milledgeville police Chief Woodrow Blue confirmed that Sgt. Jerry Blash has left the force.
A friend of the accuser told investigators that it seemed at first that Mr. Blash was not going to take a report on the incident the night it occurred. She said Mr. Blash then said he would but noted that Mr. Roethlisberger has wealth and access to lawyers and that they would be wasting their time.
One of the quarterback's bodyguards also quoted Mr. Blash as making derogatory comments about the accuser.