Jonathan Jackson of the MILLEDGEVILLE UNION-RECORDER reports today:
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright will hold a press conference Monday to address a sexual assault investigation involving Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“The investigation, interviews and report in the Roethlisberger matter have completed and reviewed,” Bright said. “We will be announcing the decision in this case at a news conference to be held on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin County Courthouse.”
The announcement indicates that Bright has completed his review of the case. Bright will announce whether or not his office will pursue charges against Roethlisberger who was identified by the Milledgeville Police Department as a suspect in a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in downtown Milledgeville in the early morning hours of March 5.
Roethlisberger’s day of reckoning is officially upon us.
When you boil this down, the accounts of witnesses, Roethlisberger and the accuser probably come close to canceling each other out. What does that leave? Roethlisberger admitting to sexual contact with the accuser and that the woman was injured in his presence.
Unless the GBI (and Big Ben P.I. Charles Middlestadt) has turned up serious questions about the woman’s character, I think Roethlisberger will be charged and a settlement will ensue. I would be stunned if the two parties ever went to court in this case.
The accuser hired a personal injury lawyer, not an attorney accustomed to slugging things out in court. His expertise is negotiating settlements.
What’s most interesting about this case is how the media has criticized the Milledgeville police for supposedly cozying up with Roethlisberger before the sexual assault claim was reported.
There’s a good chance though that had Roethlisberger not been friendly with the local police just before the claim against him was made the morning of March 5, he probably wouldn’t have admitted to the sexual contact and witnessing the woman being injured.