NFL linebacker Barkevious Mingo allegedly pulled on a teen’s underwear before attempting sex in a Texas hotel room in 2019, according to a search warrant that led to Mingo’s arrest. last week for indecency with sexual contact with children.
According to the warrant issued by the Arlington Police Department, which was reported by Sports Illustrated on Saturday, Mingo invited a teenage family member and the boy’s friend to visit an amusement park and go-cart complex during the weekend of July 4th.
Mingo also reportedly took the two boys to a steakhouse and bought them clothes from Nike before returning to a hotel where the 30-year-old was staying on the night of July 4, 2019.
Later that night, “the victim was awakened by [Mingo] pulling on his underwear, ”according to the warrant.
Mingo would have become more “aggressive and would have pulled the underwear of the victim to the shins. The victim said when this happened he was scared and pretended to be asleep, ”according to the warrant.
Mingo then allegedly attempted to have sex with the unidentified victim.
On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons terminated Mingo’s contract, a one-year contract worth $ 1.1 million, “after learning today of allegations involving Barkevious Mingo and collecting information on this “.
Faced with a felony charge carrying a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, Mingo surrendered to the police on the advice of his lawyer and was released after posting $ 25,000 bail.
Lawyer Lukas Garcia called the allegations “completely unfounded” in a statement to the NFL Network.
“Mingo is the victim of a misrepresentation, and we believe this is motivated by money or other ulterior motives,” Lukas said. “We are confident when the truth is revealed my client will be fully exonerated. “
The victim’s mother filed a complaint with the police in January this year and the case was turned over to the Child Crimes Unit of the Arlington Police Department.
In February, Arlington Police requested a search warrant to obtain Nike’s July 4 sales records, writing in their request that “the evidence will corroborate victim statements. In addition, it is known to [the detective] … That buying gifts for children is a known “readiness” behavior in cases of child sexual abuse. “
Nike complied with the order, according to Sports Illustrated.
Sixth pick for the Browns in 2013, Mingo also played for Chicago, Houston, New England, Seattle and Indianapolis.