The investigation regarding allegations of sexual assault made by two women against a still-unnamed member of the Green Bay Packers could soon be over, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Our investigation is coming to a conclusion,” Lake Delton, Wisconsion Sgt. Gerald Grimsled said, per the Journal Sentinel.
Grimsled acknowledged the discrepancies in the versions of the events. The alleged victims claim lack of consent; the player says there was consent.
“That’s the two conflicting reports or stories in the incident that we’re
getting, yes,” Grimsled said.
“We’re trying to be careful no matter who it would be,” Grimsled said. “We don’t want to falsely accuse someone of something when we haven’t
determined from our side if they did something or didn’t do something.”
On one hand, we’re having a hard time envisioning a situation involving one man and two women and a claim of nonconsensual sexual contact. Without getting overly graphic, it would be difficult to sexually assault one while physically restraining the other from, you know, leaving.
On the other hand, we’ll be watching for signs of home cooking in this one. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s alleged escapades occurred not in the Pittsburgh area, where his bodyguards are members of law enforcement and the cops have (or at least had) a reputation for looking the other way when a Steelers player gets into trouble. In a small town in a state where the Packers are worshiped, discretion easily can be exercised to conclude that proof beyond a reasonable doubt would never be established at trial, and thus that charges won’t be pursued.
The mere fact that the player’s name currently is being treated as a state secret makes us wonder whether the authorities are predisposed to accepting his word over the versions supplied by the alleged victims.