BUFFALO, N.Y. — The prosecutor overseeing the sexual assault investigation of Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said Friday that the accuser's mother lied about finding an evidence bag in her doorway.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said at a news conference he wasn't sure how the two-day sideshow of how evidence was handled affects the case. All the evidence, including the rape kit used to examine the accuser, was handled properly and is still in custody of authorities, Sedita said.
"Obviously there has been an effort to create a hoax," he said. "I got to figure out who was in on that … and what it means vis-a-vis all the other evidence."
The mother was given the bag at a hospital when her daughter was examined, Sedita said. The examining nurse gave her the bag after learning the accuser had changed her top before going to the hospital. The mother was to put the top in the bag and turn it in to authorities but never did. Sedita said the mother denied ever taking possession of the bag.
Questions about the bag were raised Wednesday by the attorney then representing the accuser. The attorney quit the case Thursday, saying he no longer believed the story about how the folded-up paper bag was found in the mother's home. He said he believed the accuser wasn't involved and still believed her accusation.
Kane is accused of sexually assaulting the woman at his Hamburg, N.Y., home last month. He has not been charged. He has said he didn't do anything wrong.