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Attorney: Roethlisberger accuser didn't want trial

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The attorney for a college student who
accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of
sexual assault says the woman asked prosecutors not to pursue the
case to avoid an intrusive trial.

The 20-year-old woman's attorney, David Walbert, said in a
letter to Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright that his
client was not recanting her accusation. But the letter said the
woman felt a trial would be too intrusive because of all the media
attention.

The letter was released Monday.

The student had told police that Roethlisberger sexually
assaulted her last month at a nightclub in the central Georgia
college town of Milledgeville.

Bright said authorities also chose not to file charges because
there was not enough evidence to prove the allegations in court.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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