Former NFL linebacker Nate Webster has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sex with an underage teen, according to the Boston Globe.
The 34-year-old was convicted of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He could have gotten up to 20 years in jail.
Here's more from the newspaper:
Prosecutors said Webster had sex with the girl in 2009 when she was 15 and threatened to harm her if she told anyone. Webster admitted having sex with the teen the next year, when she was 16 -- the legal age of consent in Ohio.
Webster's attorney, Gregory Samms, said in a telephone interview after court that his client will appeal the verdict and the sentence, both of which Samms said were "excessive."
"He was overcharged for what actually took place, which was a consensual agreement between two people," Samms said. "It was a consensual act and everything else was a fabrication."
Webster played in the NFL from 2000-07, suiting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Denver Broncos.
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