Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges in Ohio, and just over a little more than a week from when his team will face the Kansas Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Sills, 25, is facing charges of felony rape for an incident that allegedly occurred in December 2019 in Guernsey, Ohio. According to prosecutors, he intimidated his victim and forced her to “submit by force or threat of force” to sexual conduct.
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That is in addition to the kidnapping charge, which alleged 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.”
A grand jury indicted Sills this week following an investigation from the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office. He is scheduled to appear in court in Cambridge, Ohio, on Feb. 16.
The Eagles advanced to the fourth Super Bowl in franchise history with a win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
Sills is a native of Sarahsville, Ohio, and attended West Virginia and Oklahoma State. He appeared in one game this season as a rookie.
The Eagles have released a general statement.
“The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Josh Sills,” the statement read. “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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