Prosecutor Drops Charge Against Pats Julian Edelman

Prosecutors drop charge against Patriots' Edelman

      BOSTON (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped an indecent assault and
battery charge against New England Patriots receiver Julian
Edelman, saying evidence suggests he just briefly grabbed the hand
of a woman who accused him of groping her.

      The 25-year-old Edelman was accused of grabbing the woman's
crotch during a Halloween party at a Boston nightclub.

      On Thursday, prosecutors said they decided to drop the charge
after reviewing video surveillance and witness statements and
interviewing the woman several times.

      They said video indicates Edelman had just “fleeting” contact
with the woman, and didn't commit a crime.

      A message for comment was left with Edelman's attorney. A
Patriots spokesman said since the team hasn't been involved in the
case, it was inappropriate to comment.

      Edelman has played receiver and defensive back for the Patriots
this season, and has returned punts, as well.

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