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Julian Edelman Charges Dropped In Indecent Assault And Battery Case

Charges have been dropped against New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was accused of groping a woman in a nightclub during a Halloween party at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Suffolk County prosecutors said they will not proceed with the case because insufficient evidence exists to prove the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

"After a thorough investigation of this case by the Boston Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit ... the Commonwealth has concluded that it would not be able to meet its burden at trial of proving each of the elements of indecent assault and battery beyond a reasonable doubt," prosecutors said in a document filed in court today, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office.

"The evidence suggests that he approached a woman on the dance floor and took her hand briefly. Review of the videotape indicates that the physical contact between the two was fleeting ... and did not meet the elements of any crime," prosecutors said in a statement.

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