Former Bengals Linebacker Nate Webster Faces Charges Of Sex Crimes Against Underage Girl

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Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster is "facing several charges for allegedly engaging in a relationship with an underage girl" writes Ian Preuth of the Kentucky Post. A seven-count indictment, unsealed Thursday morning, includes "unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, one count of sexual battery and one count of gross sexual imposition"

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told 9 News anchor Tanya O'Rourke that the relationship lasted from June 2009 to March of this year. The girl, who was 15 when the relationship started, is now 17. Deters said Webster threatened to kill the girl and her family if she told anyone about their relationship.

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 guns inside the home, according to Deters.

Kimball Perry of the Cincinnati Enquirer speculates that the indictment was unsealed because "officials couldn’t locate Webster to arrest him until recently."

Je-je-jesus. A two-year relationship with an underage girl, added with a threat that he'd kill her and the entire family if the relationship were exposed? Classy.

Webster, scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. on Thursday, was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Due to significant injuries in 2004 and 2005, Webster only played four games with the Bengals before he left for Denver as a free agent.

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