Kellen Winslow Jr. is charged with a new count of rape in San Diego in addition to the two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and one count of forcible sodomy he was already facing.
The 34-year-old former NFL tight end was arraigned for the new charge Thursday afternoon in a Vista, California courtroom, accused of forcibly raping an unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003 when he was 19 years old, USA Today reports.
Winslow Jr. facing three rape charges spanning 15 years
Winslow was already facing trial for the alleged rape of two women ages 54 and 58 in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas between March and June of this year. Police arrested Winslow twice in June, with the second arrest on the rape charges.
Winslow also faces a pair of misdemeanor trespassing charges for entering the homes of women he intended to rape, the prosecution alleges. Winslow’s first arrest occurred after he allegedly entered a woman’s home in an Encinitas trailer park, prompting a neighbor to call the police.
The 58-year-old accuser, a homeless woman, testified in court Thursday morning that Winslow picked her up in his car and offered to take her for coffee when he allegedly took her to a secluded area, raped her and threatened to kill her, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
“I was just scared to death,” she said.
No statute of limitations for 2003 rape case
San Diego County deputy district attorney Dan Owens cited a California law eliminating a statute of limitations in rape cases involving minors to bring the additional charge.
“California law allows for certain specified sexual offenses to be charged regardless of the time of their commission under certain circumstances,” Owens said. “Those circumstances are met in this case.
“When there is a rape that occurs and the victim is under the age of 18 years old, there is no statutory time to when that can be charged. That’s exactly what we have here.”
Winslow Jr. expected to post bail
Judge Harry M. Elias set Winslow’s bail at $2 million. His attorneys said that he will post bail and expect him to be released from custody by Friday.
Winslow’s next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.
Winslow, whose dad is iconic former Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow Sr., grew up in San Diego before playing college football at Miami and going on to a 10-year NFL career that ended in 2013.
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