Former Jacksonville midfielder Jaguar Telvin Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful sexual activity with minors, according to several reports.
Smith’s attorney submitted his defense via letter to Duval County court last week, TMZ reported Wednesday. That meant Smith relinquished the indictment and his right to be present at the pretrial conference. He has a court date set for May 20, per New4Jax, and faces 15 years in prison if convicted.
Last week, Smith was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
According to ESPN, a copy of the arrest warrant showed police accused Smith, 29, of having sex with a 17-year-old girl several times in August and September. The warrant also accused Smith of offering the girl $ 200 and told him not to tell anyone about their meeting because he could go to prison. According to the report, the girl finally received $ 100.
The warrant also claimed DNA samples from Smith’s vehicle matched the girl’s DNA. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office previously raided Smith’s house in November and pulled out his vehicle. According to TMZ, it was in the vehicle that the researchers found the girl’s DNA sample.
Jaguar issued the following statement shortly after word broke out about Smith’s arrest last week: “Jaguar is aware of a report involving former midfielder Telvin Smith. The club cannot comment further on this ongoing investigation.”
Smith is a native of Valdosta, Ga., And was chosen from the State of Florida in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Jacksonville.
He announced in May 2019 that he had missed the 2019 season to “organize my world.” Smith was set to make a base salary of $ 9.75 million last season as part of a four-year extension, $ 45 million which he signed in October 2017.
Smith recorded 134 career highest tackles in 2018, the last season he played. The previous year, he was selected for the Pro Bowl after recording 102 tackles and three interceptions. He has 26 farewell passes and nine interceptions in 76 games (69 starts) over a five-year career.
– Field Level Media