Former American soccer star Kellen Winslow Jr. has been convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless lady final 12 months close to San Diego.
A jury returned the decision in San Diego however continues to deliberate on two extra counts of rape involving a hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage lady.
The jury additionally discovered Winslow responsible of indecent publicity and lewd conduct, however discovered him not responsible of 1 rely of a lewd act, which prosecutors had mentioned occurred in entrance of a 77-year-old lady in a scorching tub in close by Carlsbad.
The previous Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) star, who performed for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, faces as much as life in jail if convicted of all counts.
All 5 girls testified through the nine-day trial. Winslow didn’t take the stand.
Defence legal professionals identified inconsistencies within the accusers’ testimonies and argued the ladies invented the allegations to prey on the wealth of Winslow, who reportedly earned greater than US$40 million throughout his injury-plagued profession.
The 5 girls testified that they did not know Winslow was well-known after they met him.
Prosecutors say the son of Corridor of Famer Kellen Winslow felt empowered by his fame to abuse probably the most susceptible.
Prosecutor Dan Owens informed the jury of eight males and 4 girls that Winslow is a “wolf in sheep’s clothes.”
The homeless lady, who was 58 on the time, testified that Winslow befriended her and attacked her subsequent to his car after inviting her for a espresso in Could 2018
A 54-year-old hitchhiker mentioned he drove her to an Encinitas purchasing centre car parking zone and raped her in his Hummer in March 2018.
That summer time, a 57-year-old lady mentioned he uncovered himself to her whereas she tended to her backyard.
After information of the assaults broke, a lady got here ahead and mentioned Winslow had raped her when she was a 17-year-old highschool pupil in 2003. He was 19 on the time and had come house from school for the summer time. She mentioned she handed out at a celebration in San Diego and woke as much as discover Winslow assaulting her.
A 77-year-old lady who went to the identical fitness center as Winslow within the seashore neighborhood of Carlsbad mentioned he dedicated lewd acts in entrance of her, together with touching himself within the facility’s scorching tub, whereas Winslow was free on US$2 million bail in February.
Defence lawyer Marc Carlos questioned the credibility of the ladies’s claims, saying that they had lied, misconstrued issues or have been unable to initially establish him appropriately.
Defence legal professionals additionally mentioned the intercourse was consensual and that Winslow had cheated on his spouse repeatedly with no-strings-attached intercourse.
Prosecutors mentioned the crux of the ladies’s tales did not change and that proof included traces of Winslow’s DNA on one of many accuser’s pants and GPS places putting him the place the ladies mentioned the assaults occurred.