Former NFL star Kellen Winslow Jr convicted of raping homeless woman

Tuesday 11th June 2019 15:15 BST

Kellen Winslow Jr, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets during his career, was found guilty of the charge following a trial in San Diego.

The 35-year-old, the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr, was also convicted of indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women.

He was cleared of one count of performing a lewd act, and the jury is still deliberating on eight other charges, including two counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage girl in 2003.

Winslow Jr faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts.

Prosecutors said he felt empowered by his fame to abuse the most vulnerable, describing him as a "wolf in sheep's clothing".

Winslow Jr was found guilty of raping the homeless woman last year in the picturesque beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego.

She told the court Winslow Jr befriended her and attacked her next to his vehicle after inviting her for a coffee in May 2018.

The former American football star, who played as a tight end, was convicted of exposing himself to a 57-year-old woman while she tended to her garden during the same month.

He also found guilty of touching himself in front of a 77-year-old woman at gym while he was out on bail in February, but cleared of committing a lewd act in a hot tub in front of the same woman on a different occasion.

The 54-year-old hitchhiker alleges Winslow Jr drove her to a shopping centre parking lot in Encinitas and raped her in his Hummer in March 2018.

Another woman has claimed she was raped by Winslow Jr when she was a 17-year-old high school student in 2003.

She alleges that she passed out at a party in a San Diego suburb and woke up to find Winslow Jr assaulting her.

Winslow Jr, who denied the charges, did not give evidence during the nine-day trial.

His defence lawyers argued the women invented the allegations to prey on his wealth after he reportedly earned more than $40m (£31m) during his career.

His lawyer claimed that Winslow Jr had consensual sex with his accusers and he had cheated on his wife repeatedly with no-strings-attached sex.

Evidence heard during the trial included included traces of Winslow's DNA being of found on one of his accuser's pants and GPS locations placing him where the women said the assaults occurred.

All five women testified during the trial.

The judge ordered jurors to return to San Diego Superior Court on Tuesday to continue their deliberations on the remaining charges.

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