PI says investigation nearing completion

Updated: March 19, 2010, 12:08 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The criminal defense investigator hired by the team of lawyers representing Ben Roethlisberger after an allegation that he sexually assaulted a college student says he expects his investigation to wrap up "in the next couple of weeks."

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Charles Mittelstadt told ESPN's Kelly Naqi in a phone interview that he expects "the bulk of our investigation" to be completed in that timeframe. "After that, we would be pursuing the odd lead here or there and revisiting aspects of our investigation that might require some more clarity," Mittelstadt told Naqi.

Georgia police are investigating an allegation brought by a 20-year-old college student that she was sexually assaulted by Roethlisberger, 28, in a Milledgeville, Ga., bar. Roethlisberger's attorney, Ed Garland, has said the two-time Super Bowl winner for the Pittsburgh Steelers has committed no crime.

Steelers president Art Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the team will not make any decisions regarding Roethlisberger's future with the team until the investigation is over.

"I mean, look that's one of the things, we do have a little bit of luxury of time," Rooney told the paper. "If we were at a different point in the year we may have to be thinking and doing something different. But at the moment, I think we're in a situation we're going to let this investigation play out and then go from there."

Mittelstadt told Naqi that he is using "folks that would blend into the student population" as part of the investigation. Asked if the people are students, Miittlestadt said: "Nope, just young enough to blend into the student population and that's all I'm going to say."

Mittelstadt, an investigator for 20 years, says members of his investigative team were on the scene in Milledgeville "immediately" after Garland was retained by Roethlisberger "and we've had a consistent presence there since." He also worked with Garland in a case involving Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, when Lewis was charged with murder after two men were stabbed to death outside of an Atlanta nightclub.

Mittelstadt wouldn't go into specifics on the investigation, but said "we're missing a few pieces but overall, the picture is becoming pretty complete."

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