It’s been roughly a month since NFL free agent Josh Sills, who is primarily recognized for his appearance on the Philadelphia Eagles, was indicted on account of rape and kidnapping charges.
The victim, who claimed to know the NFL player since high school, alleged that Sills forced her to perform oral sex on him while she was locked in his truck.
The incident, which occurred in Guernsey County on December 5, 2019, reportedly left the woman with bruises on the back of her throat, her inner lip, her right ear, and on the back of her left knee. According to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, the incident was immediately reported by the victim, and a thorough investigation by the county sheriff’s office was completed.
Although the incident occurred over two years ago, the case wasn’t brought to court until recently. Sills was indicted by a Guernsey County Common Pleas Court grand jury on one felony count of rape and one felony count of kidnapping.
The indictment reads, “Sills engaged in sexual activity that was not consensual and held a victim against her will. The crime was immediately reported, and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a detailed investigation.”
However, his legal representative denied the 25-year-old’s involvement in the case. His lawyer, Michael Connick, reported to multiple media outlets that his client would “aggressively” contest the charges against him.
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He is set to make his first appearance in court in March after waiving his initial arraignment in the case. The free agent’s initial court date was February 16th, but he chose to waive his appearance. He posted a $25,000 cash bond and is supposed to appear at a pretrial hearing on March 9th on a not-guilty plea deal.
Following the indictment, the Philadelphia Eagles released a statement that addressed Sills’ criminal behavior. “The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Josh Sills. We have been in communication with the league office and are in the process of gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time,” they said.
The offensive lineman remains reserved by the team, and it is unclear if he will return. If he is convicted on the felony charges of rape and kidnapping, he could face up to 3 years in prison in the state of Ohio.
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