As the NFL lockout comes to an end and the scramble to sign free agents begins, one player probably won't be getting a call: former Denver Broncos linebacker Nate Webster. He was indicted in Ohio on charges of repeatedly sexually assaulting a fifteen-year-old girl, sometimes with a gun.
The indictment was sealed until Thursday, when it was revealed that Webster, 33, will face seven charges stemming from incidents that occurred between June and December 2009. Webster was apparently a family friend of the victim; according to Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters, Webster threatened the girl, saying he'd harm her and her family if she told anyone.
Webster came to the Broncos from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006, and started for the team in 2008. He has not played in the NFL since the '08 season; he was working as a football coach at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Ohio. when he was charged. If he's found guilty, he faces up to 36-and-a-half years in prison.
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Unfortunately, Webster is not the only Bronco -- past or present -- who's been linked to a skin-crawly crime. Cornerback Perrish Cox has been accused of drugging and raping an unconscious woman; the sordid details of that case were released in an affidavit Friday. Looks like the NFL lockout may be ending, but that's not the way the ball's bouncing in basketball. Read our "Ten little-known restrictions in the NBA lockout" here.