EDMONTON - Alberta's premier is denying accusations her government rushed to judgment to protect its reputation in a child sex assault case that was mishandled in court.

Alison Redford says findings released last week by the Justice Department were preliminary and a full investigation is still ongoing.

Redford ordered the investigation after it was revealed by the Wildrose party that sex assault charges against a central Alberta man were recently dropped because the case dragged on too long.

The man, who can't be named, was charged with the sexual assault of a girl over several years, starting when she was nine.

Charges were laid three years ago.

The Wildrose party says they were told the delay was due to a lack of Crown prosecutors, but a justice spokesman says it was due to problems with weather, witnesses and late-breaking evidence.

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