Ex-NFL player Winslow Jr. convicted of rape

Mae Harvey
June 12, 2019

Winslow had rape and kidnapping charges filed against him previous year.

The judge told jurors being under oath means telling the whole truth and that they should follow the law how it is written.

Long since proven to be an all-time bust, the former tight end was convicted of rape, indecent exposure and lewd conduct in a San Diego courtroom on Monday.

He said Winslow used his fame to abuse the most vulnerable, which included middle-aged and elderly women.

The two other counts of rape involve a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage girl in 2003. The judge ordered the jury to continue deliberating on the remaining charges.

And this past year, Winslow was accused of exposing himself to two women on two separate occasions over the past year.

Winslow did not take the stand to defend himself during the nine-day trial.

'Kellen Winslow took what he wanted; he took what he wanted not from one, not from two, but from three women, ' Owens said during the trial, as quoted by Cleveland's NBC affiliate.

The former first-round draft pick and onetime highest-paid National Football League tight end was arrested on the 2003 and 2018 charges at his Encinitas, California home in June 2018.

After that season, Winslow chose to forgo his senior season at UM and declared himself eligible for the 2004 NFL Draft.

He is the namesake son of a legendary Chargers tight end and Hall of Famer.

He spent four years with the Cleveland Browns before playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

All five women, including a homeless female, a hitchhiker and an immigrant who speaks limited English, testified during the trial that began May 20.

The Miami product was drafted by the Browns with the No. 6 pick in the 2004 draft.

Returning the verdict in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, the jury found Winslow not guilty of one count of a lewd act, which prosecutors had said happened in front of a 77-year-old woman in a hot tub in nearby Carlsbad.

"The jurors could benefit from an explanation as to what being under oath means", the note said.

Winslow's attorneys say that the alleged incidents were either consensual or never occurred. Bail was revoked following his arrest in that case.

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