Jury in Kellen Winslow II case con­victs on rape, de­lib­er­at­ing on 8 counts

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union-Tri­bune

VISTA _ Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II has been found guilty of rap­ing a home­less woman last year, as well as mis­de­meanor charges of in­de­cent ex­po­sure and com­mit­ting a lewd act re­lated to other vic­tims, a jury re­vealed Mon­day.

The North County jury, which has been de­lib­er­at­ing since last week, reached ver­dicts on four of 12 counts filed against the one-time Pro Bowl player. The panel found him not guilty of a sec­ond count of com­mit­ting a lewd act, which pros­e­cu­tors said hap­pened in front of a woman in a hot tub in Carls­bad, Calif.

The rape charge stemmed from a May 13, 2018 as­sault on a 58-year-old home­less woman in Encini­tas, Calif. The mis­de­meanor counts had to do with ac­cu­sa­tions that Winslow flashed a 57-year-old woman in that city, while she was tend­ing to a gar­den out­side her home, and an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a 77-year-old woman at a Carls­bad, Calif. gym.

Jury de­lib­er­a­tions started June 5. Af­ter Vista Judge Blaine Bow­man took the ver­dicts, he sent the panel back to the jury room to con­tinue de­lib­er­at­ing on the re­main­ing counts be­fore break­ing for the day. The jury is ex­pected to re­turn to court Tues­day morn­ing to re­sume de­lib­er­a­tions.

Last Fri­day marked a year since Winslow was ini­tially ar­rested af­ter some­one spot­ted him en­ter a mo­bile home in a park for se­niors, then emerge shirt­less. His camp said it had been a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

But a week later, au­thor­i­ties dropped a bomb with the an­nounce­ment that they had re­ar­rested Winslow, and were charg­ing him with a string of sex crimes tar­get­ing women in their 50s or older, in­clud­ing two counts of forcible rape.

The ac­cusers in­cluded a hitch­hiker and a home­less woman who said they'd been raped in his SUV, and a woman who said a stranger ex­posed him­self in her yard.

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