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Ex NFL Player Dave Meggett Gets 30 Years on South Carolina Rape Charge

Almost sounds like the Jack Venice rape case.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. — A Charleston County jury sentenced Former NFL Player David Meggett to 30 years in prison Wednesday after convicting him on charges of criminal sexual assault and burglary, according to authorities.

The assault happened in January 2009 while the victim said she was a student at the College of Charleston. The woman is from the Belton area.

The victim said she met Meggett through a friend in April 2008. On the night of the assault, she said she forgot to lock her door and woke up to Meggett on the edge of her bed. She said the assault happened shortly after that.

Meggett, who went to high school in North Charleston, was a running back and punt returner for 10 years in the National Football League. He played six years with the New York Giants, three with the New England Patriots and one with the New York Jets.

Meggett didn’t take the stand in his defense, and his lawyer said he will appeal.

from www.foxnews.com – CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former NFL player David Meggett was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after his conviction in a South Carolina court on charges of criminal sexual conduct and burglary, authorities said.

Meggett was convicted in a case involving an encounter with a college student at her house in North Charleston in January 2009, according to authorities.

Meggett, who attended high school in North Charleston, was a running back and punt returner in the National Football League between 1989 and 1998. Meggett played six years with the New York Giants, three with the New England Patriots and one with the New York Jets. He had nearly 1,700 yards rushing and just over 3,000 receiving during his career.

Meggett, 42, did not take the stand in his own defense at trial and his lawyer said he will appeal. His conviction and sentencing were reported Wednesday in several South Carolina media outlets.

Beattie Butler of the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office argued that Meggett and the woman had consensual sex and later had an argument.

In 1998, Meggett arrested in Toronto, Canada, after authorities said he allegedly assaulted an escort worker after a three-way sexual encounter. A trial on the assault charge ended with a hung jury in April 2000.

Meggett later worked as parks and recreation director in Robersonville, N.C., but resigned four years ago after he was accused of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend.

He was convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery in 2007, receiving received two years probation in the North Carolina case. Authorities said he was allowed to move back to South Carolina to serve his probation.

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