Duke Lacrosse investigators leave department

March 4, 2008 7:47:22 PM PST
The lead investigators in the Duke Lacrosse case have turned in their badges, according to the Durham Police Department.

Sgt. Mark Gottlieb and Officer Ben Himan have been widely criticized for their handling of the controversial rape case.

Three former Duke Lacrosse players were charged after an exotic dancer claimed she was attacked at a party in March 2006. After a review of the case, the State Attorney General dismissed the charges and declared the players innocent.

Deputy Chief Ronald Hodge told Eyewitness News that both investigators left the department in recent weeks. Gottlieb's last day on the job was March 1 after he submitted his resignation. Himan left his post in mid-February.

Both Gottlieb and Himan are named in three lawsuits stemming from the Duke Lacrosse case.