Kellen Winslow Jr. is facing life in prison after a jury found the troubled former NFL player guilty of a rape, among multiple charges.
Winslow on Monday was found guilty of one count of rape by force or fear, one count of indecent exposure and one count of lewd conduct, according to reports. The jury found the one-time Jet not guilty of a separate lewd conduct. The son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow had pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, as the jurors are expected to deliberate further on the other counts.
Winslow, 35, had been accused of raping three women and exposing himself or exhibiting lewd conduct to two others. All five women, including a homeless female, a hitchhiker and an immigrant who speaks limited English, testified during the trial that began May 20.
“Kellen Winslow took from these women what he wanted. Kellen Winslow took from these women again and again and again,” prosecutor Dan Owens said. “Do not allow his status or his name to take away from that.”
Defense attorney Marc Carlos questioned the credibility of the women’s claims of sexual assault and argued the sex was consensual.
“[Owens] wants you to forget about the lack of evidence,” Carlos told the jury.
He pointed to inconsistencies in the women’s testimonies. The prosecution said the crux of their stories remained unchanged and that the case was supported by evidence that included traces of Winslow’s DNA on one of the accuser’s pants and GPS locations that placed Winslow at locations where the accusers said the assaults occurred.
The five women testified they didn’t know about Winslow’s career when they met him. The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted.
Winslow played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the Jets before injuries cut his time on the field short.
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