November 05, 2015

Excerpts from Thursday's statement on the Patrick Kane investigation from Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita:

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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.

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''(T)he complainant, after consultation with her attorney, has decided that she does not wish to go forward with a criminal prosecution.

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The totality of the credible evidence - the proof - does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant's allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called ''case'' is rife with reasonable doubt. Accordingly, the Office of the Erie County District Attorney will not present this matter to an Erie County Grand Jury.

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