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Erie County police deny evidence in Patrick Kane investigation was tampered with

Erie County police commissioner Mark Glascott says the evidence in the Kane investigation 'remains in its original packaging' in their possession.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Erie County (N.Y.) police commissioner Mark Glascott denied claims of evidence tampering in the Patrick Kane case made by the lawyer of the alleged victim in a statement released Wednesday. Thomas Eoannou, the lawyer for Kane's accuser, claimed during a news conference earlier in the day that an evidence bag containing a rape kit from the investigation had been tampered with.

Eoannou said Wednesday to reporters that an evidence bag, including a rape kit, from the investigation into a woman's allegations of sexual assault against Kane was tampered with and anonymously delivered to her mother's home Tuesday. He called for an independent investigation into how this development, which could have a significant impact on the case, occurred. He also said he had no knowledge of any settlement talks while answering questions from reporters.

The implications of tampered evidence could be significant.

However, both the police commissioner and the Hamburg Police Department have now released statements denying the claims. Here's the Hamburg PD's statement:

In regard to the information conveyed today by Mr. Thomas Eoannou, the Hamburg Police Department will cooperate with any authorized investigation regarding the handling of evidence and the procedure of such.  That said, The Hamburg Police Department has documentation that unequivocally demonstrates that its handling of the evidence and the integrity of its chain of custody of evidence in this case is unassailable.  As is policy with active investigations, there will be no further comment regarding this situation.

At the moment, Kane's status with the Blackhawks and the NHL hasn't been affected.

A woman has accused Kane of sexual assault at his Hamburg, N.Y., home on Aug. 2. Kane, who played for the Blackhawks in their preseason opener Tuesday night, has not been charged with any crime. A grand jury was expected to begin reviewing evidence on the case this month.