Roethlisberger case to stay in Reno

CARSON CITY (AP)-A judge has denied a motion to move the civil sexual assault case against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger(notes) and Lake Tahoe casino employees from Reno to Douglas County.

Washoe District Judge Brent Adams in Reno on Wednesday ruled that one named defendant, Harrah's Lake Tahoe executive Dave Monroe, has residences in both Douglas and Washoe counties and therefore Reno was a proper venue.

Adams also said there's no reason to believe an impartial jury cannot be found in Washoe County or that moving the case would serve the interest of justice.

A 31-year-old Harrah's VIP hostess is accusing Roethlisberger of raping her in his penthouse suite in July 2008. Roethlisberger has denied the allegations.

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