$1M bond for former Bengal accused of having sex with a minor

CINCINNATI - A former Cincinnati Bengal accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl who is the daughter of a former Bengals coach remains behind bars on a $1 million bond.

Nate Webster, 33, who played linebacker for the Bengals in 2004 and 2005, was arraigned on five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, one count of sexual battery and one count of gross sexual imposition Thursday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Judge Ralph Winkler issued the high bond at the request of prosecutors who said Webster was a flight risk since he also owns a home in Florida.

The seven-count indictment against Webster was unsealed Thursday morning. He was originally charged in June, exactly two years to the day the alleged relationship began, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.

Deters said during a Thursday morning news conference that the relationship lasted from June of 2009 to December of 2009. The girl, who was 15 when the relationship started, is now 17. Deters said Webster possessed a gun during some of the incidents and threatened to kill the girl and her family if she told anyone about their relationship.

"When someone has a gun in their hands at all times and says ‘I will kill your parents, your grandparents, your baby sisters,' absolutely she was afraid to say no," said assistant prosecutor Megan Shanahan.

This situation came to the attention of authorities when the victim told her parents about the alleged abuse, according to Deters.

"It is disgusting that Webster would threaten this young victim and her family to keep her from reporting his sexual assaults on her," said Deters.

Investigators say the teenager lives in Hamilton County.

"It was two years of abuse, this violent torture. What happened is, she just got tired of it. She was tired being robbed of her youth, she was tired of constantly having to lie to her parents," said Shanahan.

Investigators say the teenager lives in Hamilton County.

Deters said authorities executed a search warrant at Webster's home in the Stonebridge Farms community in Symmes Township at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, looking for drugs and guns. Authorities did find several guns, including a Glock handgun, Desert Eagle handgun, a shotgun and an semi-automatic assault rifle, according to Deters.

When 9 News spoke with Webster's neighbors, their reactions to the arrest were everything from they couldn't believe it, to they're not surprised.

Webster, who is married, has seven children with four different women, according to Deters.

Webster worked last year as a defensive coach at Bellevue High School.

Deters said "not being able to coach at Bellevue is going to be the least of his problems for a long time."

Webster faces up to 36 1/2 years in prison if convicted on all the charges.

He played for Tampa Bay from 2000 through 2003 and finished his career with Denver from 2006-08. He played at the University of Miami in college.

Webster is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for the latest on this developing story.

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