Philadelphia Eagles Player Josh Sills Indicted on Rape, Kidnapping Charges Days Before Super Bowl
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges in Ohio, just 10 days before his team is set to compete in the Super Bowl.
The charges against Sills, 25, stem from an incident with a woman on Dec. 5, 2019, in Guernsey County, Ohio, according to the indictment.
According to prosecutors, Sills "purposely compelled" the victim to "submit by force or threat of force" to sexual conduct. The charges are for felony rape of the first degree.
The NFL rookie is also being accused of kidnapping the woman, as the indictment alleges that Sills "did, by force, threat, or deception, remove" the victim from "the place where she was found or restrain the liberty of her for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a felony."
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Sills was indicted by a grand jury this week following an investigation conducted by the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office. A court date for him to appear has been set for Feb. 16. in Cambridge, Ohio.
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In a statement issued to PEOPLE, the Philadelphia Eagles said, "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."
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Sills was signed by the Eagles in 2022 after he went unselected in the NFL draft. The offensive guard played one game this season as a rookie in Week 5. The Eagles will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Arizona.