An offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles has been charged with rape and kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred in Ohio in 2019.
According to a news statement published on Wednesday by the Ohio attorney general and the sheriff of Guernsey County, Josh Sills, 25, of Sarahsville, Ohio, was charged by a grand jury on Tuesday with one crime of rape and one count of abduction.
According to the news release, the indictment stems from an incident in December 2019 in Guernsey County in which Mr. Sills allegedly “engaged in sexual behaviour that was not consensual and imprisoned a victim against her will.” The county has a population of over 38,000 people and is situated around 90 miles east of Columbus, Ohio.
According to the statement, the team will play in the Super Bowl in less than two weeks.
According to officials, the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive investigation after the event was swiftly reported.
The case, which was presented before the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court grand jury, is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Section. The grand jury issued the indictment on Tuesday. According to court papers, both claims are felonies.
Mr. Sills got a summons to appear in court on February 16, four days before the Eagles are scheduled to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona.
The victim’s age and any ties to Mr. Sills were not immediately known on Wednesday. It was not apparent who represented Mr. Sills in court.
Mr. Sills, who missed the Eagles’ first two playoff games, was put to the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL on Wednesday. He will not be permitted to participate in team events such as practises, games, or travel. The Eagles released a statement stating, “The organisation is aware of the legal action involving Josh Sills.” We have contacted the league administration and are currently gathering further information. We are unable to provide more remark at this time.
Mr. Sills, an offensive lineman who joined the club as a rookie this year, appeared in four special teams plays during the team’s one regular-season game against the Arizona Cardinals in October.
He played football at West Virginia University from 2016 to 2019 before moving to Oklahoma State, where he participated from 2020 to 21.