Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II pleaded not guilty to several felony charges on Friday, one day after he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and raping several women.
Winslow, a tight end for multiple teams and the son of former San Diego Chargers standout Kellen Winslow, was accused of raping two transient women, including a hitchhiker. A preliminary hearing was set for June 25 in San Diego County Superior Court.
The 34-year-old appeared before the Vista (Calif.) Superior Court for arraignment on eight felony charges and one misdemeanor that could result, if convicted, in life in prison.
The charges included five allegations since March. Among them are indecent exposure and two counts of burglary with intent to commit rape.
Winslow’s attorney, Brian Watkins, did not immediately comment.
According to the complaint, the alleged victims are between age 54 and 86. Two of them said they were raped in a vehicle and a third reported that she was gardening when Winslow approached and exposed himself. In two other instances, he allegedly entered mobile homes in Encinitas, where he lives.
The latest incident occurred June 7 and involved an 86-year-old woman who lives at a mobile home park.
Superior Court Judge Robert Dahlquist denied bail to Winslow and ordered him to remain in jail.
Winslow’s father was in the courtroom for the arraignment and afterward issued a statement with the accused’s wife, Janelle Winslow.
“On behalf of our son and my husband, we want to reiterate our love, support and affection for him during this difficult process,” they said. “We will always be there for him and we know the true facts will come out.”
Winslow played in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and New York Jets. He finished his career with 469 receptions for 5,236 yards and 25 touchdowns in 105 games.
The former No. 6 overall draft pick by the Browns out of the University of Miami was suspended in 2013 while with the Jets for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He also was arrested several times during his playing career, with one of those for possession of synthetic marijuana.