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Clark County District Attorney will not prosecute soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for sexual assault

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Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 14:52:03-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County District Attorney’s Office announced today that it will decline to prosecute a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation against soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

On June 13, 2009, a female victim placed a call to Las Vegas police and reported that she had been the victim of sexual assault.

Police responded to her location to take a crime report. Police transported the woman to the hospital so that a sexual assault examination could be conducted.

At the hospital sexual assault detectives met with the woman and although she knew who the person was who assaulted her, she refused to identify him or disclose where the crime occurred.

Since the woman did not give any more information a meaningful investigation wasn't conducted.

Without knowing the identity of the perpetrator or the location of the crime, detectives were unable to search for vital evidence.

Video evidence, showing interactions between the victim and perpetrator before and after the alleged crime, was lost. And the criminal investigation was closed.

The woman and Ronaldo, through their respective attorneys, eventually reached a civil settlement related to this matter in 2010.

For a period of eight years, police heard nothing more from the victim regarding the crime or the perpetrator.

On August 28, 2018, the victim contacted Las Vegas police, asking that her sexual assault investigation be reopened, naming Cristiano Ronaldo as the offender.

In spite of the passage of over nine years, police investigated her allegations.

A Request for Prosecution was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office on July 8.

Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the DA has stated the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

No charges will be forthcoming.