Ex-Bengals linebacker, Nate Webster sentenced to 12 years in prison for sex with minor
Nate Webster, a former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sex with a minor. The decision came out on Wednesday in Ohio. Nate Webster has been accused of having sex with the underage daughter of a former assistant coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati sentenced the 34-year-old former NFL player, Nate Webster to 12 years in prison after a jury convicted him April. The jury convicted Nate Webster on four accounts of unlawful sexual acts with a minor. According to law, Nate Webster could have been imprisoned for up to 20 years.
In April, the jury found Nate Webster not guilty of three other charges: gross sexual imposition, sexual battery and unlawful sexual acts with a minor for the fifth time.
The prosecutors of the case stated that Nate Webster had sex with a minor girl in 2009. At the time the girl was only a 15-year-old. Nate Webster also threatened to harm her if told anyone.
Nate Webster admits to having sex with the girl the very next year when she turned 16, which is the legal age of consent in Ohio.
Gregory Samms, the attorney for Nate Webster was present for a brief telephone interview after the court session. Samms told media that Nate Webster was going to appeal the verdict and the sentence which seems too “excessive”.
“He was overcharged for what actually took place, which was a consensual agreement between two people,” Gregory Samms said. “It was a consensual act and everything else was a fabrication.”
On the other hand, the prosecutor’s office stands by the charges. The prosecutors also believe that the sentence for Nate Webster is justified. Meanwhile, Gregory Samms said that the girl lied to Nate Webster about her age when they began having sex.
However, the prosecutors claim that the girl had made it clear that she was only 15 years old. The prosecutors played tapes of past interviews in the court to prove their statements were correct.
Gregory Samms countered their claims by saying Nate Webster was mistaken about the dates in his earlier statements.
The prosecutors also informed that Nate Webster rejected proposal for a plea deal before the trial began. Nate Webster would have been sent to four years in prison if he had agreed to the deal. Gregory Samms explained that if Nate Webster agreed to the plea deal he would be committing to crimes he didn’t commit.