Former NFL star arrested on rape and kidnapping a week after burglary charge

Claudine Varela
Jun 15, 2018
04:26 A.M.
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Kellen Winslow Jr. could face life in prison if found guilty on all counts of sex charges, kidnapping and burglary filed against him.  


Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested for multiple sex charges and kidnapping according to a recent report by the San Diego Tribune. 

The former NFL player who was just arrested for burglary last week is now also facing two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy, one count of forcible oral copulation and one count of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, residential burglary and indecent exposure. If proven guilty in all counts, he faces life in prison. 


Details surrounding his arrest have not been revealed including when the incidents actually happened but he was apprehended at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas on June 14. That same day, he was due to appear at the Vista courtroom for an arraignment following his brief jail time on suspicion of burglary.  


On June 7, the 34-year-old was taken into custody after deputies received an early morning call from a concerned neighbor who noticed a stranger walking into an empty residence at the Encinitas Mobile Home Park on El Camino Real near La Entrada. The neighbor confronted the intruder, suspected to be Winslow, who later got into his SUV and left. 


After deputies booked him into custody for one count of burglary, the son of Chargers Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow soon posted a $50,000 bond for his release.  

According to his publicist, his arrest was simply an overreaction from a neighbor. Winslow’s defense attorney, Colorado-based Harvey A. Steinberg also released a statement denying his client committed burglary. 

“He would have no need to burglarize or steal anything from anyone at a trailer park.” 

He added that they looked forward to a vindication in court. 


Winslow was in the NFL for 10 seasons until 2013 playing for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets.  Once the highest-paid tight end, he was suspended on his last year for violating  the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He was also later arrested for masturbating in a car outside a New Jersey department store and for possession of synthetic marijuana. 

Winlsow is scheduled to be arraigned for his current arrest on Friday.