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Detectives with the Pittsburgh Police Department are investigating a possible sexual offense at PPG Paints Arena after law enforcement received a report about a woman being raped during an NHL playoff game.

The sex crime incident allegedly occurred in one of the bathrooms at the arena while the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals played a hockey game. According to authorities, the victim notified police and filed a report claiming that someone sexually assaulted her during one of the intermissions between periods of the NHL contest. The victim went to Pittsburgh police headquarters for Zone Two in the Hill District a few hours after the incident and told police officers that a man raped her.

Since the investigation into the alleged rape is active and ongoing, a spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Police Department was unable to provide many details about the case. Police have confirmed that there is an investigation and that the victim said she was sexually assaulted during the hockey game. The police department’s official statement indicates that investigators are working hard “to determine what exactly happened.”

AEG, the management company for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the entity responsible for operating PPG Paints Arena, issued a statement about the criminal investigation and said that company officials “are cooperating fully” with law enforcement.

The reality is that a sexual assault investigation can have profound consequences for all parties involved. That’s because a sex crime victim’s claims need to be investigated, which can lead to intense scrutiny of both the victim and the person being accused of committing the sex offense. One of the best moves a person can make when they learn that they are being investigated for a sexual offense is to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable attorney may be able to get out in front of the rape allegations before they are leaked to the media and cause irreparable damage to the person’s reputation, both personally and professionally.

 

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Pennsylvania, you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer handling your case early in the legal process. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of James Crosby will help you fight your criminal charges and avoid the most severe penalties. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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