They have to say alleged until the person is found guilty in a court of law or they could be sued for slander/libel.

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Originally Posted by wild~hair
Yes they do.

Liability risk = talk in circles.

Alleged is a large part of my daily work vocabulary.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
I know, I know, but there are instances when it sounds dismissive of the crime or victim. Maybe it can't be helped, but I still hate the sound of it.