DA to announce decision Monday

Updated: April 9, 2010, 7:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- A district attorney in Georgia plans to announce Monday whether he will file charges in a case of sexual assault accusations against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

District Attorney Fred Bright said in a statement Friday he has reviewed all the investigation reports and will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. ET to announce his decision.

Milledgeville police Chief Woodrow Blue said Wednesday his department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had wrapped up their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that the two-time Super Bowl champion sexually assaulted her early March 5 at a club in Milledgeville.

"I have no official knowledge of what [Bright's] going to say," Roethlisberger's attorney Ed Garland told ESPN. "I'm going to find out officially like everyone else on Monday afternoon.

"As we have said from the beginning, we believe the facts will show that no crime has been committed. We believe the correct conclusion should be the determination that no criminal charge will be found against Ben and are awaiting the decision of the DA's office."

Garland says Ben will not be present at Monday's press conference.

David F. Walbert, the 20-year-old accuser's attorney, said told ESPN his client had no comment.

It was the second time in a year that Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual misconduct. He also faces a lawsuit filed last July by a woman who says he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel and casino, an allegation he denies. Roethlisberger has not been criminally charged in either case and has claimed counter-damages in the lawsuit.

Roethlisberger did not report to Pittsburgh's offseason workouts last month. The next critical day for players is April 19, when on-field practice starts. Most of the team is expected to be on hand then.

ESPN's Kelly Naqi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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