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Ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II changes plea to guilty in rape trial

Kellen Winslow Jr. at court hearing
Posted at 5:32 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 17:01:42-05

VISTA, Calif. (CNS) -- As a retrial was about to begin, ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II has pleaded guilty to rape and felony sexual battery charges, with the remaining charges against him set to be dismissed under the terms of a plea

Under the deal, Winslow will also waive his right to appeal charges on which he was convicted in his first trial, including rape and indecent exposure.

He faces between 12 to 18 years in state prison for sexual assaults of five women. Winslow is scheduled to be sentenced on February 19, 2020.

Winslow was convicted in June of forcible rape and misdemeanor indecent exposure and lewd conduct counts, but jurors deadlocked on other charges related to the alleged rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker -- Jane Doe 1 -- in Encinitas last year, as well as the alleged 2003 rape of a 17-year-old girl -- Jane Doe 4 -- at a Scripps Ranch house party. He remains charged with eight felony and misdemeanor counts, including forcible rape and kidnapping.

Winslow was convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman -- Jane Doe 2 -- last May, exposing himself later that month to Jane Doe 3, who was gardening in her front yard in Cardiff, and touching himself in front of a 77-year-old woman -- Jane Doe 5 -- at a Carlsbad gym in February.

The son of former San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow was acquitted of masturbating in front of Jane Doe 5 on a separate occasion.

Winslow was initially charged last summer with raping Jane Doe 1 and 2, as well as exposing himself to Jane Doe 3. Following his highly publicized arrest, Jane Doe 4 subsequently came forward to allege that he raped her when she was 17 and he was 19.

Earlier this year, while Winslow was out on bail, he was arrested for exposing himself to Jane Doe 5 at a Carlsbad gym. Bail was revoked following his arrest in that case.

At trial, Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens told the jury in his closing argument that Winslow "took from these women what he wanted. Kellen Winslow took from these women again and again and again. This man took what he wanted from them and threw them away like trash because that's what he thought of them."

Owens said none of the five women knew each other, yet their accounts yielded common details and similar physical descriptions of the suspect.

Winslow's attorneys, Marc Carlos and Brian Watkins, told the jury that the charged incidents were either consensual sex or never occurred at all.

Winslow II grew up in San Diego and attended Patrick Henry and Scripps Ranch high schools before heading to the University of Miami. He played for four NFL teams between 2004 and 2013.

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