Son of former football great Ray Lewis accused of sexual battery against 18-year-old acquaintance

Ray Anthony Lewis III, 21, was indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina, charging him with third-degree sexual conductThe son of former football great Ray Lewis has been indicted in South Carolina on charges of criminal sexual conduct stemming from an alleged incident with an 18-year-old female acquaintance.

Ray Anthony Lewis III, 21, was indicted by a grand jury in Horry County, charging him with third-degree sexual conduct.

Lewis is being accused of sexual battery against the woman who was said to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, thereby rendering her defenseless against unwanted advances.

The alleged incident occurred before dawn on January 23 of this year, when police officers responded to a complaint lodged in the vicinity of the campus of Coastal Carolina University, where Lewis is enrolled.

According to the Myrtle Beach-based publication The Sun News, two alleged victims gave statements to police that prompted an investigation.

After collecting witness statements, lab results and statements from victims, investigators concluded that there was enough evidence to seek Lewis’ arrest.

Police obtained a warrant for Lewis’ arrest in April. Lewis turned himself in. Shortly afterward, he was released on $10,000 bond.

The indictment makes specific reference to one of the victims, the 18-year-old who claims she was incapacitated at the time of her encounter with Lewis, while investigators continue to piece together statements from the other complainant.

There is a possibility that more charges could be sought against Lewis on the basis of the second woman’s account of events that night as well as additional evidence and witness statements that could surface.

Lewis is the son of Ray Lewis, the former All Pro linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens who retired in 2013 after an illustrious playing career

At the time of Lewis’ arrest, his attorneys, Tommy Britain and Ed Garland, denied the accusations, releasing a statement saying that he ‘is innocent of all charges’ and they ‘expect him to vindicated int his matter.’

After Lewis’ arrest, CCU suspended him indefinitely from the football program.

‘Once CCU became aware of an incident, the University immediately began facilitating the administrative investigation, which includes requests to Conway Police Department for the police report and other information pertaining to the case,’ the university said in a statement.

‘Immediately upon arrest, Ray Lewis III was suspended indefinitely from the football team. The University continues its administrative investigation process.’

Lewis, seen here as an analyst for ESPN, had his own run-ins with the law, most notably for a double-murder which took place in Atlanta following a Super Bowl party in 2000

Lewis’ father, Ray Lewis, is no stranger to legal troubles.

Despite his illustrious playing career – during which he amassed two Defensive Player of the Year honors, a Super Bowl MVP nod, and 13 Pro Bowl selections – the now-retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker narrowly escaped a prison sentence of his own.

Lewis’ legal troubles began after a Super Bowl party on January 31, 2000.

He and a group of friends were at the Cobalt Lounge in Atlanta for an after party on January 31 when a heated argument breaks out between Lewis’ group and another set of clubgoers.

One witness later said they saw Lewis throw a punch during the scuffle but no one claimed Lewis held a knife.

Lewis, seen here holding a Super Bowl trophy, was with a group of friend at a club when a heated argument erupted between his entourage and another group of people

After Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, were mortally wounded, Lewis and an entourage of 10 piled into a Lincoln Navigator limo as shots were fired.

The two victims died nearly instantly after being knifed to the heart.

Lewis was soon taken into police custody where he admittedly supplied police with false information.

He was then arrested and held without bail. Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting were also arrested.

After Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, were mortally wounded, Lewis and an entourage of 10 piled into a Lincoln Navigator limo as shots were fired. He was eventually charged with obstruction of justice, to which he pleaded guilty. He was placed on probation and fined by the NFL

The trial began less than four months after the homicide.

Two weeks into the proceedings, Lewis agreed to testify against others in exchange for the murder charges being dropped.

He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and received a year of probation.

Even after testifying against Oakley and Sweeting, they were acquitted of murder and assault charges after a jury deliberated for five hours.

Lewis was fined $250,000 by the NFL and later reached a financial settlement with the victims’ families. A confidentiality clause kept the amount secret.

After the arrest, Lewis rehabilitated his image, embracing Christianity and championing a lifestyle based on devout faith.

After the arrest, Lewis rehabilitated his image, embracing Christianity and championing a lifestyle based on devout faith. Here he is seen in New Orleans receiving a lifetime achievement award at a gospel-themed Super Bowl celebration in 2013

Source: The DailyMail

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