Jury finds ex-Bengal Nate Webster guilty of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
Ian Preuth, Ian.Preuth@wcpo.com , Annette Peagler, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:29 PM, Apr 25, 2012
8:03 PM, Apr 25, 2012
CINCINNATI - Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Nate Webster has been found guilty of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for having sex with the teenage daughter of one of his former coaches.
A Hamilton County jury found him not guilty of sexual imposition, sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct. However, the jury said Webster did not have a gun while committing unlawful sex with a minor. He was originally charged with four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with gun specifications.
The four guilty counts carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. He faced up to 36 years in prison if convicted on all counts. He will be sentenced on June 6.
Webster turned down a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for four years prior to the trial.
He was taken away in handcuffs after the verdict was read.
Webster admitted to having sex with the teen, but said it happened after she turned 16, the legal age of consent in Ohio.
The alleged victim, who is now 18, said the encounters began when she agreed to babysit Webster's kids at his home in the summer of 2009 when she was 15 years old. The two were neighbors at the time and the victim said she spent a lot of time at Webster's home. She said Webster threatened to hurt her and her family if she told anyone.
The jury began deliberations Tuesday afternoon and reached a verdict around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Webster played for three NFL teams including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000-03), the Bengals (2004-05) and the Denver Broncos (2006-08).