Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. is facing charges of raping an underage girl more than 15 years ago, adding to his legal troubles, which already includes multiple charges of rape and kidnapping in separate incidents.
Winslow, 34, allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl in 2003 while the teen was unconscious, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com. The alleged rape, which took place when Winslow was 19, occurred in a residence in San Diego County, prosecutors say.
Winslow, who previously played for the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, appeared in court Thursday to face the new charges and was ordered held on $2 million bail, according to USA Today.
He has pleaded not guilty.
According to San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens, the crime is not subject to a statute of limitations because the victim was a minor at the time of the alleged attack, USA Today reported.
"California law allows for certain specified sexual offenses to be charged regardless of the time of their commission under certain circumstances," Owens said.
"When there is a rape that occurs and the victim is under the age of 18 years old, there is no statutory time (limit) to when that can be charged,” he told USA Today. “That's exactly what we have here."
Winslow was arrested last month on several felony charges, including rape and kidnapping, related to multiple alleged incidents.
The first occurred March 17, when Winslow lured the 54-year-old hitchhiker into his car and raped her, prosecutors said. He was charged with kidnapping, rape, and forced oral copulation in connection with that alleged assault.
In the next incident, on May 13, he allegedly raped a 59-year-old woman, and was charged with kidnapping, rape, and sodomy in connection with that alleged assault, prosecutors said.
Additionally, in May, Winslow is accused of exposing himself to a 55-year-old woman, prosecutors said.
Winslow is also accused of twice entering the homes of elderly women with the intention of raping them, but he left both times after being confronted, police said at the time.
The two prior burglary counts for a separate incident in June were reduced on Thursday to misdemeanors, according to USA Today, but if convicted on the remaining charges, Winslow could spend the rest of his life in prison, prosecutors said.
Winslow, who played for the University of Miami before being drafted in 2004 to the Cleveland Browns, is the son of Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr.
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