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Why Antonio Brown Won't Face Criminal Charges From Pittsburgh-Area DA

"It appears there is a statute of limitations issue in moving forward with any inquiry involving the Allegheny County allegation mentioned in the lawsuit,” the Alleghany County district attorney said

Antonio Brown still could face repercussions from the civil lawsuit filed against him, but they won't come from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office in Pennsylvania.

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The Allegheny County DA recently contacted the lawyer of Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer who accused the New England Patriots wide receiver of sexual assault on three separate occasions in 2017 and 2018, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler noted the DA's office intended to investigate Taylor's allegations, but the DA told NFL Network in a statement Wednesday that her allegations come with a two-year statute of limitations.

Since two of the alleged incidents Taylor described occurred in 2017, it means the DA cannot pursue criminal charges against Brown for those allegations, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport explained.

One of the incidents that led to Taylor's allegations happened in Pittsburgh, which is in Allegheny County. That means the DA potentially could have looked into legal action against the ex-Steelers wide receiver had they acted sooner.

For now, the civil lawsuit involving Brown and Taylor is being handled in the Southern District of Florida by federal judge Rodney Smith.

Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer, last week filed a federal lawsuit against the new Patriots player, alleging he exposed himself and sexually assaulted her.

The NFL also met with Taylor on Monday and is looking into disciplinary action against Brown, although the Patriots wideout remains eligible to play as his complicated case gets worked out.

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