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Kellen Winslow II, Once N.F.L.’s Highest-Paid Tight End, Gets 14 Years for Rapes

Kellen Winslow II, as soon as the highest-paid tight finish within the National Football League as a key participant for the Cleveland Browns, was sentenced on Wednesday to 14 years in jail for raping two girls and intercourse crimes in opposition to three others.

The choose who sentenced him known as Mr. Winslow a sexual predator who preyed on marginalized girls.

One of the ladies whom Mr. Winslow raped was homeless on the time of the assault in 2018, and one other beforehand testified that Mr. Winslow had raped her after she handed out at a home social gathering in 2003. She was 17 on the time.



A 3rd sufferer was hitchhiking in 2018 when Mr. Winslow gave her a journey and sexually assaulted her, she had testified.

At the sentencing on Wednesday in Superior Court in San Diego County, the choose, Blaine Bowman, stated that Mr. Winslow, 37, had chosen victims — 5 altogether — who he believed wouldn’t report his crimes.

“I think that they’re brazen crimes, and he selected the most vulnerable victims he could possibly find in order to carry out his crimes and hopefully get away with it in his mind,” Judge Bowman stated.

In trade for avoiding a life sentence, Mr. Winslow pleaded responsible in 2019 to the rape of an unconscious sufferer and felony sexual battery fees.

Earlier that year, he was convicted of raping the 58-year-old homeless lady, together with misdemeanor fees of indecent publicity and lewd conduct.

The misdemeanor fees stemmed from Mr. Winslow’s exposing himself to a neighbor who was gardening and an episode at a Carlsbad, Calif., health club in 2018, when, a 77-year-old lady stated, Winslow masturbated in a hot tub in front of her. Mr. Winslow had been launched on bail and was awaiting trial for sexual assault on the time.

Four of the victims gave impression statements on the sentencing on Wednesday, together with the lady who was homeless when Mr. Winslow raped her in Encinitas, Calif., a seaside neighborhood north of San Diego, in keeping with native information accounts.

The lady described having been in a continuing state of worry because the sexual assault, checking underneath the mattress and in closets, The Associated Press reported.

“It’s affecting my life every day and every night,” the lady stated, in keeping with the information service. “I don’t ever feel safe inside or outside. You brought so much damage to my life.”

Mr. Winslow, who’s being held at a maximum-security jail in San Diego County, appeared remotely through the sentencing listening to and was sporting a masks. He declined to talk on the continuing, citing the recommendation of his legal professionals, who’ve contended that he suffered trauma from blows to the top whereas taking part in soccer.

Mr. Winslow spent nine seasons in the N.F.L. with the Browns, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. He signed a rookie contract with Cleveland for $29 million after the Browns chosen him sixth general within the first spherical of the N.F.L. draft in 2004.

His father, Kellen Winslow Sr., additionally a decent finish, performed for the San Diego Chargers and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. But the career of the youthful Mr. Winslow, a standout on the University of Miami, was marked by accidents, uneven play and off-field distractions. He was chosen to the Pro Bowl simply as soon as.

In 2013, he was suspended for 4 video games for violating the N.F.L.’s coverage on performance-enhancing substances whereas he performed for the Jets. He missed the 2005 season after sustaining a extreme knee harm in a motorbike crash.


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