GBI Investigating Sexual Assault Complaint Against Roethlisberger

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (AP)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says agents spent Saturday morning questioning people about the sexual assault complaint against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

GBI Special Agent-in-Charge of its Milledgeville office, Tom Davis, said, "It's too early to speculate if there will be charges."

Milledgeville police say Roethlisberger's lawyers are cooperating, but they don't expect to interview him again until at least Monday.

Roethlisberger reportedly owns a home at Reynolds Plantation.

Davis said investigators are still trying to talk with several people who may have been with Roethlisberger Thursday night. Davis said Roethlisberger's attorneys told him they would provide the names of those people and make them available for interviews.

Milledgeville police say the alleged victim is a 20-year-old Georgia College & State University student. The police incident report says the assault allegedly took place early Friday at the Capital City nightclub on South Wayne Street. The woman was treated and released at Oconee Regional Medical Center, police say.

Davis would not say who investigators interviewed about the case on Saturday. Davis says investigators have not spoken with Roethlisberger since police questioned him at the club early Friday morning.

Davis says the GBI is assisting with the investigation at the request of the Milledgeville Police Department.

Milledgeville Police Chief Woodrow Blue said another news conference is planned for Monday night.

According to the police incident report, the woman says she was "sexually assaulted or sexually manipulated" by a man.

The report does not name Roethlisberger, but at a news conference Friday night, Milledgeville Police Deputy Chief Richard Malone said Roethlisberger "has been identified as being at the scene and there are allegations naming him as the perpetrator."

Roethlisberger's agent says he's "skeptical" of the complaint but Roethlisberger is cooperating with authorities. Agent Ryan Tollner released this statement Friday night:

"Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening. We have spoken to law enforcement. Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night. Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved."

Deputy chief Malone said Roethlisberger and a party of three friends had been at the Capital City club and other local establishments earlier Thursday night.

Tim Sailor, who works at Buffington's on Hancock Street said he served Roethlisberger and a group a round of drinks when he came into the bar around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Sailor says the group "watched the end of a basketball game, paid and left."

An employee at The Velvet Elvis, a downtown Milledgeville bar, says Roethlisberger came into the bar after midnight and stayed about ten minutes.

Two people who say they were at Capital City early Friday said they saw Roethlisberger in the club between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

Roethlisberger is facing a lawsuit stemming from a woman who says he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe casino, an allegation that the NFL quarterback strongly denies. Roethlisberger was not charged in the 2008 case, and has claimed counter-damages in that suit.

(WMAZ contributed to this article)

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