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March 9, 2010

Attorneys for alleged victim issue statement

MILLEDGEVILLE — Attorneys hired to represent a young woman who claims Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was involved in a sexual assault committed against her early Friday morning have issued a statement on behalf of their client.

Attorneys Lee Parks and David Walbert of Parks, Chesin & Walbert said their client was a victim in the alleged assault and that Roethlisberger was involved. The legal team urged the media to keep the victim’s name out of the press and give the victim and her parents space and time to heal.

“Their daughter has done the right thing and reported this matter to the police,” the release reads. “She has been, and will be, available to the authorities to assist them in the criminal investigation. While the matter is under investigation, we ask you to respect her privacy, keep her name out of the press and allow the family space and time to heal.”

Georgia College & State University media relations manager Judy Bailey said that the victim was still a student at the University.

"I can confirm that she is still enrolled as a student at Georgia College," Bailey said.

Bailey said that Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Bruce Harshbarger issued an appeal to students to respect the privacy of the student. The lawyers endorsed Harshbarger's request for discretion and also encouraged anyone with information to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or the Milledgeville Police Department.

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