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Ben Roethlisberger Hires High Profile Private Dick

3/12/2010 1:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ben Roethlisberger just added another elite member to his defense team -- a famous private investigator who's handled several high profile celebrity cases before.

Ben Roethlisberger

TMZ has learned the P.I. is Charles Mittelstadt -- who has worked as a lead investigator on behalf of NFL stars like Ray Lewis and Jamal Lewis. Mittelstadt has also worked for rapper T.I. and convicted Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph.

Hiring a private investigator is a sign that the alleged victim is fair game. In this case, as we already reported, law enforcement tells us alcohol was a factor.

It's a safe bet the P.I. will go down that road ... as well as others.

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