WASHINGTON, November 5, 2015 – After investigating Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Kane for nearly three months, the Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita III announced he will not file charges against Kane. Kane was accused of allegedly raping a woman at his Buffalo, N.Y.-area home in early August.
Sedita posted a statement on the Erie County D.A.’s website, saying “The Town of Hamburg Police Department and the Office of the Erie County District Attorney have conducted an exhaustive investigation over the course of the past three months.”
Among the DA office findings is that:
- There are significant material inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses;
- The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge;
- The physical evidence and the forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict the complainant’s claim that she was raped on Kane’s bed;
- Although Kane has exercised his constitutional right to remain silent (which prohibits questioning by law enforcement), he has made no known incriminating statements to any civilian, nor has he engaged in any conduct consistent with a consciousness of guilt.
The statement adds that the accuser has decided not to go forward with criminal prosecution.
While Kane upheld his silence during the investigation, he did say he wasn’t frustrated that the investigation was taking a while.
“You understand the law and I’m not the only case that’s going on in that district. I’m sure there are other matters they’re attending to. It’s one of those situations where it seems like it’s been a long time but obviously I’ll be looking forward to any time of conclusion, whatever it may be,” Kane said on Sunday. “For me to comment on any thing sources say or any reports would be against what we’ve been saying this whole time. I’ll just stick to that plan: not saying much about it, just waiting for a conclusion.”
During a practice season news conference at the University of Notre Dame Kane reiterated that he had done nothing wrong. According to other reports, the woman has hired a lawyer to mount a civil law suit against the athlete.