CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Just days away from the NFL Draft and a first round hopeful has been accused of a sexual assault.
According to a statement from the player's attorney, Kevin Spellacy, he acknowledges police are investigating the accusation. No charges have been filed against the player.
Cleveland 19 is not naming the player at this time, despite having a statement from his attorney.
Spellacy says his client was in Cleveland with a group of friends and had met a 23-year-old woman in Cleveland's Warehouse District, at the Barley House on April 8. The next morning, April 9, around 3:50 a.m., an off-duty police officer called for police and EMS for an alleged sexual assault victim at the downtown Westin Hotel, according to EMS and police dispatch. Officers and EMS arrived on scene, took statements, and the woman was transported to a local hospital. The player was not there when police arrived.
It's been two weeks since the alleged sex assault took place.
CBS Cleveland 19 has asked for the Cleveland police report multiple times, and has been given no response as to why an initial or completed report isn't available nearly two weeks later. Our team was first told to contact Cleveland Sex Crimes, then was referred to Chief Calvin Williams. In compliance with Cleveland public record retention policy, our investigative team formally filed several record requests. Cleveland Public Records told Cleveland 19 in a response to our request for the incident report that they were waiting for the report from police.
What's the delay with filing the report? We've learned that the player himself will come to Cleveland and provide a statement to police after the NFL Draft, according to Spellacy. So far, Spellacy has provided the Cleveland Police Department with one of three statements from eyewitnesses, which, Spellacy said, show the accusations are unfounded.
Are Cleveland police dragging their feet filing this report to help the young man get drafted into the NFL? We visited Cleveland police records and found an unrelated rape report already on file that occurred the same day as the player in question's case.
The difference? The case that was filed doesn't involve a high-profile suspect with potentially millions to lose.