Dave Meggett, Former NFL Star, Sentenced to 30 Years in Rape Case
The charges were brought up in the aftermath of a January 2009 encounter between Meggett, 42, and a college student at her house in North Charleston, S.C. Meggett did not take the stand in the trial, and his lawyer, Beattie Butler of the Charleston County Public Defender's Office, indicated that he would appeal. Butler contested that Meggett and the student had consensual sex, then had an argument later in the night in question.
Meggett starred as a running back and kick returner with the New York Giants for six seasons, New England Patriots for three seasons and New York Jets for one season between 1989 and 1998. At one point he was the NFL's career leader in punt return yardage, amassing 3,708 yards, currently good for second-most of all-time. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season, helped the Giants to a win in Super Bowl XXV and returned to the Super Bowl with the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.
Meggett has faced a long a history of allegations of sex crimes dating back to the end of his career. In 1998, he was arrested in Toronto after authorities said he allegedly assaulted an escort worker after a three-way sexual encounter. He also resigned from his job as parks and recreation director in Robersonville, N.C., in 2006 after being accused of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend, an accusation that led to him being convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery and given two years' probation.
Meggett still faces charges in a September 2008 incident in which a teenager told police she met Meggett through a mutual friend and he forced her to have sex at a South Carolina home after inviting her to breakfast, according to The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C.