August 15, 2018 / 11:20 PM / 2 years ago

Rape case against Broncos DE Gotsis dropped by DA

Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis will not be charged in a rape investigation, after the case was dropped by the Fulton County (Ga.) district attorney’s office on Wednesday.

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Adam Gotsis (99) stands during the national anthem before the game against the Carolina Panthers in Denver, Colorado, September 8, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Gotsis, who turns 25 next month, was arrested on March 7 and accused of raping a woman five years earlier while he was at Georgia Tech. The case had been under investigation since his arrest, but the DA’s office announced Wednesday that no action will be taken.

“After careful and thorough investigation, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to proceed with the case against Mr. Adam Gotsis,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a statement. “My office understands the sensitivity and significance of these investigations, but the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case.’’

Gotsis met the media after practice Wednesday for the first time since the news of his arrest emerged.

“I’m just relieved that everything’s been taken care of,” he said. “I’ve got faith in the legal system, and I have faith in the lord and family and friends, and great support from everyone around me — Broncos, friends, family. Just glad that it’s over with and I can just focus on football now.”

A 30-year-old woman reported to police on Feb. 1 of this year that she was raped by Gotsis on March 9, 2013, when she was 25.”

Gotsis surrendered to authorities in March after a warrant was put out for his arrest, and he was released after posting $50,000 bond.

Gotsis’ attorney, Sarah Becker, denied the accusation in a statement at the time of her client’s arrest, saying in part, “We steadfastly maintain that the allegations are false.”

The team also released a statement at the time saying it took the accusation “very seriously” and had reported it to the NFL, who likely will not investigate the incident under the personal conduct policy because it happened before Gotsis entered the league.

Gotsis, a 6-foot-4, 287-pounder who Denver drafted in the second round in 2016, participated fully in the Broncos’ offseason program and training camp, and he played in the team’s first preseason game.

He has played in all 32 games since he was drafted, starting 13 last year while totaling 41 tackles, 2.0 sacks and four passes defensed.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Gotsis came to the U.S. to play football at Georgia Tech in 2012, playing for the Yellow Jackets through 2015.

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