BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) – Most rape investigations never make the six o’clock news.
“It is such an unusual circumstance to see this happening.” according to Crisis Services CEO Jessica Pirro. She’s referring to all the publicity, and the issue of a ripped evidence bag that turned up in the Pat Kane rape accusation.
She hopes it doesn’t scare rape victims away from seeking help. “We deal with hundreds of cases a year here in Erie County. These cases aren’t on the news everyday, so, we want people to still trust the process and we want people to know that if they are a victim of a rape, that the help is there, and we will protect them and support them through that.”
Attorney Tom Eoannou represents the alleged victim and says her mother found this brown evidence bag with the victim’s name on it shoved in her front door. “The question is, from the time the evidence was obtained until it got to CPS lab, what happened to it. What was in the bag, what came out of the bag, and could it be a major breach in the legal system.”
Erie County District Attorney, Frank Sedita is investigating and will have something to report about the claims of evidence tampering at a news conference scheduled for 11am Friday.
But Hamburg Police insist their handling of the evidence was unassailable, and documented. The Erie County Central Police Services lab says all of the evidence is accounted for and secured in it’s original packaging. No one from Erie County Medical Center has commented so far, and that’s where the alleged victim was examined.
Paul Cambria represents Kane and sees no evidence of guilt. “We’ve been informed that the DNA evidence shows that there was amixture of male DNA from the waist down, but it was not Patrick Kane.”
Kane is the highest paid player in the NHL, but at this point has not been charged with anything.