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Nate Webster's sentence reduced

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Former Cincinnati Bengal and convicted sex offender Nathaniel “Nate” Webster was in court Tuesday getting his 12-year prison sentence reduced to 10 years.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Ralph Winkler did as a higher court ordered in September and cut Webster’s prison sentence by two years.

Webster, 35, was convicted in April 2012 of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He had sex with a 15-year-old babysitter who lived in his Symmes Township neighborhood. Webster, who was 31 when he had sex with the girl, and her family were also friends.

Her family repeatedly confronted Webster about their suspicions that he was having sex with their daughter, but Webster always denied it. The girl, though, told jurors she and Webster had sex several times at his home and in his car.

Two months ago, the Cincinnati-based Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals overturned one of the four charges of which Webster was convicted, noting that prosecutors didn’t prove that charge even though a jury found him guilty of it.

Webster signed a five-year, $11.3 million contract with the Bengals in 2004 but was released when injuries limited his playing time.


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Nate Webster's prison sentence cut

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Former Cincinnati Bengal Nathaniel “Nate” Webster won’t have to serve the entire 12-year prison sentence imposed on him last year after he was convicted of having sex with a minor.

The Cincinnati-based Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals issued a decision Wednesday that one of the unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charges of which Webster was convicted in 2012 should not have resulted in a conviction because prosecutors didn’t prove that charge during the trial.

The result is that the two years in prison that count carried have been sliced off of Webster’s original sentence. Now he has to serve a 10-year prison term.
“The state did not present evidence of sexual contact between (the victim) and Webster during December 2009, and (the victim) testified that she thought that Webster had left town in December 2009,” the appeals court’s unanimous ruling, authored by Presiding Judge Sylvia Hendon, noted.

Webster was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old babysitter several times when he was 31 years old. The girl lived doors away from Webster; when her parents confronted him, he said repeatedly he was not having sex with the teen.

The teen testified at trial. though, that she had intercourse with Webster several times at his home and in his car.

The appeals court upheld convictions prosecutors won that showed Webster had sex with the teen in September, October and November 2009.

Court finds 'lack of proof' on one of the sex charges
“We do, however, find a lack of proof in regard to the December 2009 charge,” Wednesday’s decision noted. “The state presented no evidence that any sexual contact occurred between (the victim) and Webster during that month.”

Webster, 35, is inmate A665842 at the Belmont Correctional Institution in St. Clairsville, east of Columbus. The $40,000 fine and $3,400 in restitution he was ordered to pay the teen were unaffected by Wednesday’s ruling.

With the two years reduced from his original sentence, his prison term now expires in January 2022.

Webster signed a five-year, $11.3 million contract with the Bengals in 2004, but injuries limited him to a few games before the team released him.


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Nate Webster gets 12 years for sex with teen

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Former Cincinnati Bengal Nathaniel “Nate” Webster was sent to prison for 12 years today for having sex with an underage girl.

Webster was convicted of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, charges that carried a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

The jury convicted Webster of having sex with the girl in the fall of 2009, something Webster admitted to police on a taped statement played to the jury. After his arrest, though, Webster insisted he remembered incorrectly and said he began having sex with the girl in 2010, when she was 16, Ohio's age of consent.

Webster signed a five-year, $11.3 million contract by the Bengals in 2004 when Coach Marvin Lewis compared him to perennial All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis.

Much of the sexual activity between Webster and the girl took place in and around the Symmes Township neighborhood where both lived.


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Nate Webster to be sentenced

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CINCINNATI - A former Bengal will soon find out his punishment for having sex with a minor.

Nate Webster will be sentenced by a Hamilton County Judge Wednesday morning.

The former NFL linebacker is facing up to 20 years in prison for having sex with the teenage daughter of one of his former coaches.

In April, a jury found Webster guilty of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Webster admitted to having sex with the teen, but said it happened after she turned 16, the legal age of consent in Ohio.

Before his trial started, the former NFL player turned down a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for four years.

Webster's sentencing is at 9 a.m. in a Hamilton County courtroom.


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Nate Webster guilty, facing 20 years

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CINCINNATI -- Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster was convicted Wednesday of sex-related charges involving the teenage daughter of a former assistant coach for the Cincinnati team.

A jury in Cincinnati found Webster, 34, guilty of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Jurors found him not guilty of three other charges: gross sexual imposition, sexual battery and a fifth count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The jury deliberated for about six hours before reaching the verdict.

Prosecutors say Webster had sexual contact with the girl in 2009 when she was 15 and threatened to harm her if she told anyone. Webster admits having sex with the girl the next year, when she was 16, the legal age of consent in Ohio, but denies that the sexual relations began earlier than that.

Webster was taken into custody after the verdict.

"We obviously are disappointed with the verdict in some respects," Webster's attorney, Gregory Samms said after court. He said they plan to file an appeal after sentencing, but said he could not comment on specific issues being considered for the appeal.

Samms said that the girl lied when she said she was 15 at the time she and Webster began having sex. Prosecutors said Webster told police that he had sex with the girl when she was 15 and played tapes of those interviews in court, but Samms said Webster was mistaken about the dates in his earlier statements.

Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Seth Tieger declined to comment on the verdict or other aspects of the case prior to sentencing, scheduled for June 6.

The prosecutor's office said Webster could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Webster could have faced up to 36½ years in prison if he had been convicted on all counts.

The former Bengals player turned down a proposed plea deal prior to the trial that would have required him to serve four years in prison, a prosecutor's spokesman said.

Webster played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2000-03 and for the Bengals in 2004-05. He finished his career with the Denver Broncos from 2006-08.


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Nate Webster's freedom hinges on question: Who's lying?

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Someone in the criminal case of former Bengal Nathaniel “Nate” Webster is a major liar.

Webster’s attorneys argued to jurors Tuesday the liar is his accuser, who said she began having sex with Webster in the fall of 2009 when she was 15 and Webster was 31.

“This is a fantasy story of someone who is infatuated with an older man and makes this up. This cannot be true,” Gregory Samms, one of Webster’s attorneys, said of the accuser.

But Hamilton County prosecutors said the liar is Webster who, they told jurors, lied to everyone including police about having sex with the girl. Webster only changed his story to admit he had sex with her after police played him secretly recorded conversations he had with the girl when he admitted he had sex with her in the fall of 2009 when she was 15.

“He confessed to these dates,” Assistant Prosecutor Seth Tieger told jurors, who watched and heard Webster’s taped statements to police.
After his arrest, though, Webster said he was wrong on the dates and admitted he had sex with the girl after she turned 16, the age of consent in Ohio.

A conviction could send Webster to prison for more than 30 years. He rejected a pretrial plea bargain that would have sent him to prison for four years.

The trial, which started last week, accuses Webster of sexual touching, sexual battery and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.


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Nate Webster's attorney attacks accuser

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As she sat in the audience holding her mother’s hand for support, the accuser of former Bengal Nathaniel “Nate” Webster listened to his attorney verbally rip her and her family apart.

“She had her own personal hell at home,” Gregory Samms, Webster’s Florida attorney, told a Hamilton County jury Tuesday.

“No one else in this world trusts that girl. Do you trust her?”

Webster was charged with sexual battery, sexual touching and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, after the Symmes Township girl said she was 15 when a sexual relationship started with the former pro football player.

Samms focused his scorched-earth attack on the girl, now age 18, and her family, suggesting evidence showed she’d been abused.
He also noted evidence showed the accuser told others she dated NFL players Ray Lewis and Willis McGahee who, like Webster, attended the University of Miami.

“This is a fantasy story of someone who is infatuated with an older man and makes this up. This cannot be true,” Samms said of the accuser.
It continued with Samms’ attack on prosecutors who he said were unethically manipulating information during the trial to “build your careers off of his back,” he said pointing at Assistant Prosecutors Katie Burroughs and Seth Tieger.

“(Prosecutor) Joe Deters is going to run for election and say, ‘I convicted Nate Webster.’ Is that what justice is? To win at all costs?” Samms asked.
Samms could do nothing else, Tieger said, but attack others in the case because the evidence surely will convict his client.

“You cannot overcome a taped confession,” Tieger told jurors.

When questioned by police last year, Webster initially denied he had sex with the girl. But after police played tapes his accuser secretly recorded, Webster admitted he had sex with her.

The issue is if he had sex with her in the fall of 2009 when she was 15. In his taped statement to police, played for jurors during the trial, the-married Webster said he had. But after his arrest, he said he was mistaken and had sex with her after she turned 16, Ohio’s age on consent.
“Not only does he cheat (commit adultery) but he has an intense sexual relationship with an underage girl who is the daughter” of a friend, Tieger said. “The only thing he cared about was his own sexual satisfaction.”

Before the trial started, Webster rejected a proposed plea deal that would have resulted in him being sent to prison for four years. The charges against him can send him to prison for more than 30 years.

The eight-woman, four-man jury before Common Pleas Court Judge Ralph “Ted” Winkler began deliberating just after lunch Tuesday but was sent home without a verdict. Deliberations resume today.


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Nate Webster's Wife Testifies In Sex Abuse Case

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CINCINNATI -- Witnesses testified Monday that a teen who accused Nate Webster of sexually assaulting her peppered the former Bengal's cell phone with calls and texts.

Jennifer Webster, the defendant's wife, testified that some of the girl's claims were inaccurate because her husband or their SUV was not in Cincinnati when the teen testified she'd had sex with him.

She also testified that she'd warned the girl to stay away from her house after finding her scantily clad in the family's front yard.

"I just knew something wasn't right," Jennifer Webster said.

Jennifer Webster testified that she never allowed the girl to babysit and that she'd lied about her age, claiming to be 17 years old, not 15.

Nate Webster admits he had sex with the girl after she turned 16, which is the age of legal consent in Ohio, but he says nothing sexual happened prior to that.

Elizabeth Turner, who lived for a time with the Websters, said the teen frequently called Nate Webster's phone, but others sometimes answered for him.

Webster's brother-in-law said the teen got angry if the phone wasn't answered.

"She just kept calling, and once you don't pick up the phone she gets aggressive with it," said Evont Flanders. "She takes it to another level, she'll show up knocking at your door, peeking in your windows. She'll take it to a whole other level."

Flanders said he answered Webster's phone sometimes because the teen supplied him with marijuana.

"She would already have a joint rolled for me before I purchased the weed from her," Flanders said.

Neighbor Maurice Anderson said the teen approached him and others at a barbeque and told them a story none of them believed.

"She said her father had molested her on an occasion and had taken her to be tested for STDs three times before she was 13," Anderson said.

Closing arguments are set for Tuesday morning.


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Defense rests in Nate Webster teen sex trial



CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The defense wrapped up witness testimony on Monday in the teen sex trial surrounding former Bengal Nate Webster.
Throughout the day, the defense kept coming back to a few main arguments.

One of those arguments sought to show that the teen had not babysat for the Websters as her family had alleged.

All family members questioned that were living in the house in 2009 denied any knowledge of the teen babysitting including Webster's wife and his brother-in-law. Webster's wife says she had help from family members and a woman who she had hired to help with childcare and would not have needed the teen to babysit.

The girlfriend of one of Nate Webster's brother-in-laws says she went clubbing with the teen on a number of occasions, saying the teen picked her up and allegedly used a fake I.D. to get into a downtown club.

The defense also argued that Nate Webster was not the one contacting the teen, but that it was in fact other family members using his cell phone.  One of Nate's two brother-in-laws living with him at the time says he often called the teen to get marijuana.

"When you were living in Ohio you would use Nate's phone?" Samms asked Evont Flanders, also known as "Red Man".

"Always," he replied.

The defense also brought up witness testimony of alleged abuse.

"She said that her father had molested her on an occasion," a neighbor recalled.

That neighbor, however, says he did not believe the teen's story.

The prosecution later questioned the adult why, if that is what he heard, he did not take that information to the teen's father.

"There's no need for me to alarm someone to a lie," he responded.

The prosecution did not stop there. They also questioned the testimony that Nate did not call the teen on his cell phone.
"All of you used the phone but Nate did not?" prosecuting attorney Katie Burroughs asked.

"Nate ain't no phone person," Evont replied.

"It wouldn't be unusual that you'd have 582 phone contacts with your ‘dealer' in those last four months of the year?" Burroughs questioned.
"Right," Evont Flanders responded.

The prosecution also questioned the two brother-in-laws about their living arrangements, bringing up the fact that they not only lived in Webster's home but that they often relied on him for money.

While on the stand, Nate's wife also testified that her family was never in Ohio at any point in August of 2009; a timeframe during which the teen had initially alleged to have had sex with Webster.

Webster's wife also testified that Nate does in fact suffer from memory loss allegedly related to sports injuries.


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Prosecution plays police interview in Nate Webster teen sex trial

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For the first time jurors heard from the defendant himself in the teen sex trial involving former Bengal Nate Webster. Friday the prosecution played a police recording where Webster admitted to having a sexual relationship with the teen.

"That's why I was trying to be so secretive, I knew … I knew. Every time I had sex with her I said ‘Man, this is going to come to bite me…" Webster stated on the tape.

In the beginning of the tape Webster denies a sexual relationship with the teen, but then changes his story after police present phone records.

"She is telling the truth when she says she's been having sexual intercourse with you," Hamilton County Police Detective Bryan Pitchford is heard asking in the tape.

"Yes," Webster responds.  

"Since she's been 15 that's all true," Pitchford later asks.

"That part," Webster acknowledged.

In the tape, Webster says the relationship was "breaking the law".  He also argued that it was the teen who pursued the relationship, calling her a compulsive liar.

The defense, however, argued the detectives lead Webster with their questioning about dates and ages.

"Nate also went on, on a number of occasions … would tell you he didn't know how old she was, correct?" the defense attorney asked. 

"Correct," responded Pitchford on the stand.

The defense argued Webster's recollection may have been impaired.

"Did you ask him if he had any health problems? Or memory problems? Or head problems or anything like that?" the attorney asked.  "No, mam," Pitchford responded.

The defense attorney went on to state Webster suffers from post concussion syndrome and that he receives disability from the NFL for the condition.

The defense also argued Webster may have misunderstood the law when he confessed to breaking it, saying he may have been thinking 18 was the age of consent in Ohio rather than actual age of 16.  

When the defense asked if detectives explained the law to Webster, Pitchford responded that he did not believe he did.
The defense is expected to wrap up their witness testimony on Monday.

Following Pitchford, the defense called three additional witnesses to the stand. The witnesses included a mother and son who had interacted with the alleged victim's family following an incident where the teen allegedly helped steal marijuana from Webster's vehicle. The final witness was a friend of Webster who also takes care of the defendant's property.


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Nate Webster: 'I got a new move I want to try'

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Nathaniel “Nate” Webster's accuser stood up to withering questioning Thursday as taped telephone calls played to jurors confirmed Webster had sex with the girl.

The accuser now is 18 but said she had sex with the former Cincinnati Bengal football player in the fall of 2009 when she was 15. She spent her second day on the witness stand answering aggressive questions from one of Webster’s attorneys who insist the girl was 16 when she had sex with the married Webster.

The tactic from Webster's team has been to put the girl on trial, questioning her drinking, smoking marijuana and having sex with an adult. Gregory Samms, one of Webster’s attorneys, got the girl to admit she was kicked out of a school for drinking alcohol.

The girl said Webster groped and sexually assaulted her in 2009 when she was 15. Later, she admitted they had a sexual relationship in the fall of 2009, also when she was 15. On Thursday, prosecutors played for jurors telephone conversations the girl had with Webster – she taped them with the help of police – who acknowledged he had sex with her.

“I got this new move I want to try,” Webster said on the tape.

“Like a sexual move?” the girl asked.

“A nasty move,” Webster said.

Webster’s lawyers, though, insisted the girl was 16 when she had sex with him. It’s illegal in Ohio for an adult – Webster was 31 in the fall of 2009 – to have sex with a 15-year-old. In Ohio, 16 is the age of consent.

Prosecutors also produced phone records that show in September 2009, when the girl was 15, she and Webster exchanged 450 text messages and 256 phone calls.

As the girl was testifying, prosecutors displayed three guns – an assault rifle, a handgun and a pistol-grip shotgun – seized from Webster. The allegations against Webster include him having guns near the girl when they had sex, possibly to intimidate her.

She and Webster often met, the tapes revealed, at “the spot,” the parking lot of an apartment complex near Webster’s Symmes Township home.
Mary Jill Donovan, one of Webster's attorneys, said Thursday she was unsure when or if she would call All-Pro LB Ray Lewis to testify in this case. She has subpoenaed him to testify. Prosecutors are expected to rest their case today and the defense to start Monday.

If Webster is convicted, he faces more than 30 years in prison.


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Nate Webster sex trial begins, Ray Lewis subpoenaed



While former Cincinnati Bengal Nathaniel “Nate” Webster had his trial start today, the big news was another linebacker who is scheduled to testify.
Mary Jill Donovan, Webster’s attorney, issued a subpoena requiring the Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis to testify in the trial.

Donovan, representing Webster against allegations he had sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2009, wouldn’t say why she called for Lewis to testify.
A message about Lewis’ testimony left with the Ravens wasn’t immediately returned today.

The case began Monday with jury selection. The actual trial is expected to begin Tuesday with opening statements.

Webster, who has denied all allegations, was 31 and the girl 15 when she said he had sex with her at least four times in 2009 in and around their Symmes Township neighborhood. He now is 34 and she is 18.

Webster is charged with sexual touching, sexual battery and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Hamilton County prosecutors were unconcerned with Lewis’ possible testimony, saying the only issue in the case is if Webster has sex with a minor. If they can convince a jury he did, he could go to prison for more than 30 years.

That’s far less than the plea deal Assistant Prosecutors Seth Tieger and Katie Burroughs offered Webster earlier.

Tieger, who said the plea deal was offered to try to spare the alleged victim from having to testify in a high-profile case, said the plea deal included a mandatory prison sentence for Webster that also required him to register as a sex offender after his release.

Common Pleas Court Judge Ralph “Ted” Winkler told the sides he would send Webster to prison for four years if such a plea was accepted by the former pro football player, who has seven children from four women.

The judge also raised a potential conflict of interest in the case: Webster is represented by the wife of Sean Donovan, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy who is running for Sheriff this fall. He is also is the boss of the police officers who arrested Webster and will be testifying in the case for prosecutors.

Mary Jill Donovan said there was no conflict.

“It's fraught with danger for everybody and I'll leave it at that," the judge said.

Webster played in Cincinnati for four games over two years, 2005 and 2006, before knee injuries ended his Bengal career. He played three more years in Denver, the last in 2008. He also coached for a time in 2010 at Bellevue High.

Winkler said the case is expected to go into next week.


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Nate Webster says sex with teen was legal

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Former Bengal Nathaniel “Nate” Webster, Jr., had sex with a teen girl, his attorney told jurors Tuesday, but she was 16, not 15 as prosecutors allege.

The correct age could mean the difference between Webster’s freedom and more than 30 years in prison.

“Something immoral takes place between Nate and” the girl, Gregory Samms, one of Webster’s attorneys told jurors. “When it happens, she’s 16 ... and it is consensual.”

In Ohio, except in rare specific instances, the age of consent is 16. Webster is accused of having sex with the girl when she was 15 – and he tells police that on a recording. But his attorneys said Tuesday that Webster’s recorded recollection was wrong.

Webster, now 34, is accused of sexual battery, gross sexual imposition (sexual touching) and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Webster was 31 in 2009 when he was accused of having sex with the 15-year-old girl who prosecutors said used to babysit for Webster.

“He knew her when she was a kid, 10 or 11 years old,” Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Seth Tieger told the eight-woman, four-man jury.

Webster was chided by the girl’s father, Tieger said, for not paying her for babysitting. When he did, he started the sexual relationship, the prosecutor added, and threatened to kill her and her family if she told. “As time went by this became a full-fledged secretive relationship,” Tieger said.

Eventually, they often had sex in Webster’s car, with heavily tinted windows, in Webster’s Symmes Township home or in a nearby park.

The girl finally told her parents. They contacted police who put a wire on her and had her talk to Webster. On those recorded conversations, Tieger said Webster admitted having sex with the girl when she was 15.

After Webster’s arrest last year, he “repeatedly denied any sexual relationship” with the girl – until police played for him the secretly recorded conversations with the girl. Then, “he confessed,” Tieger said.

But in court Tuesday, Samms insisted Webster had sex with the girl when she was 16 and made it clear Webster’s defense was to attack the girl.
This is a “story of a troubled young girl, so troubled that she doesn’t want to live in her own home,” Samms said, adding the girl often partied at Webster’s home by drinking and smoking marijuana, often supplied by Webster.

Injuries limited Webster’s Bengals career to a few games after he signed a five-year, $11.3 million contract. Coach Marvin Lewis once compared him to All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis.

Ray Lewis, who played college football at the University of Miami as did Webster, has been subpoenaed to testify in the case. Mary Jill Donovan said Ray Lewis is expected to testify later this week.


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