Roethlisberger case sent to DA’s office

Officials from the Milledgeville Police Department and the GBI investigating a sexual assault allegation against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned over the results of their investigation to the district attorney’s office Tuesday night.

Fred Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, declined to answer any questions about the case until he has reviewed the report, his office stated in a news release.

Roethlisberger, 28, has been accused by a 20-year-old Georgia College & State University student of sexual assault in the bathroom of the Capital City nightclub in downtown Milledgeville in the early hours of March 5.

Roethlisberger, who owns a home on Lake Oconee about 30 minutes north of Milledgeville, was celebrating his birthday with several friends at various downtown establishments in the city.

So far, investigators have released few details about the case, including the nature of the assault. No charges have been filed in the case. Attorneys for Roethlisberger and his accuser did not issue any statements about the case being turned over to the district attorney’s office.

Roethlisberger answered police questions shortly after the alleged incident took place, but hasn’t spoken with investigators since. His Atlanta-based attorney, Ed Garland, declined police and GBI requests for a second interview.

Investigators initially sought a DNA sample from Roethlisberger, but later rescinded that request.

It marks the second time that Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault. A civil suit was filed against him by a woman in Nevada last July for an alleged incident in 2008.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.