Ex-Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith pleads no contest to child abuse charges

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Former Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith has resolved a criminal case that first emerged last year.

He’d been charged with having unlawful sex with a minor. Via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, Smith has pleaded no contest to child abuse. Smith received three years’ probation.

“Great player. Great person. Great father,” attorney Hank Coxe said in a statement. “Huge fan of this town. He will move on and do fine.”

Smith also was ordered to have no contact with the 17-year-old girl he was accused of sexually abusing. He cannot have any contact with any girls under 18 who aren’t family members, absent formal approval by evaluators and counselors.

Under the original charges, arising under a law that prohibits someone 24 or older from engaging in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age, Smith faced up to 15 years in prison.

Smith, a fifth-round pick in 2014, played five years with the Jaguars. He qualified for the 2017 Pro Bowl, but then he abruptly retired from football after the 2018 season, sacrificing the $9.75 million salary that he was due to earn in 2019.

13 responses to “Ex-Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith pleads no contest to child abuse charges

  1. Are you kidding me? probation for abusing a teen girl? the justice system is broken. Total scumbag of a person.

  2. If he can play, someone would still let this degenerate on the field. That’s the NFL.

  3. up to 15 years—gets probation — way to hold him accountable DA and Judge–these goofs should retire like Smith did

  4. “Great player. Great person. Great father,” attorney Hank Coxe said in a statement. “Huge fan of this town. He will move on and do fine.”

    Yeah, the dudes awesome, he sexually abuses young girls, what a standup guy Hank….:/

  5. Oh I see. The original charge was in fact statutory rape but he pleaded down to a child abuse charge. Still unreal.

  6. This dude also was not paying child support for at least 2 children. Yet his attorney says he’s “Great player. Great person. Great father,”. Wow! I wonder if the victim’s family agreed or was even consulted about the plea agreement.

  7. The “abuse” descriptor is applied here even in a consensual situation in the plea down. This was consensual. In 35 states this would have been perfectly legal. Also, if Smith was 6 years younger it would not have been an issue as well in FLA.

    Three years probation seems reasonable under the circumstances, despite the views of the angry mob.

  8. So if a girl is 18 it’s ok, but a month sooner and a guy’s a criminal? I know a lot of grown women who were having sex when they were 15 and 16, and some were doing it with older men. In lots of countries, girls are getting married and having children when they’re 14 or 15. Even in America, lots of girls have gotten married and had kids when they were 16. Women continue to mature into their 50’s and 60’s, but God decides when a girl becomes a woman. There’s big difference between a 17 year old and a 12 year old. But there’s no difference between a 17 and 18 year old. It’s like carrying a concealed weapon legally in one state, and then crossing the street into another state and you want to send him to prison.

  9. arliecharger says:
    May 22, 2021 at 6:54 pm
    So if a girl is 18 it’s ok, but a month sooner and a guy’s a criminal? I know a lot of grown women who were having sex when they were 15 and 16, and some were doing it with older men. In lots of countries, girls are getting married and having children when they’re 14 or 15. Even in America, lots of girls have gotten married and had kids when they were 16. Women continue to mature into their 50’s and 60’s, but God decides when a girl becomes a woman. There’s big difference between a 17 year old and a 12 year old. But there’s no difference between a 17 and 18 year old. It’s like carrying a concealed weapon legally in one state, and then crossing the street into another state and you want to send him to prison.

    Are you seriously defending child predators? With any logic you use… you’re as sick as he is.

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