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Details of NFL player Barkevious Mingo’s indecency with child charge emerge

NFL linebacker Barkevious Mingo allegedly pulled at the underwear of a teenage boy before attempting intercourse in a Texas hotel room in 2019, according to a search warrant that led to Mingo being arrested last week on a charge of indecency with child-sexual contact.

According to the warrant issued by the Arlington Police Department, which was reported Saturday by Sports Illustrated, Mingo invited a teenage family member and the boy’s friend to visit an amusement park and go-cart complex during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Mingo was said to have also taken 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 woken up by [Mingo] pulling at his underwear,” according to the warrant.

Mingo allegedly became more “aggressive and pulled the victim’s underwear down to his shins. The victim advised that when this was occurring, he was scared and pretended to be asleep,” according to the warrant.

Mingo allegedly then tried to have intercourse with the unidentified victim.

On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons terminated Mingo’s contract, a one-year deal worth $1.1 million, “after being made aware today of allegations involving Barkevious Mingo and gathering information on the matter.”

Barkevious Mingo with the Browns in 2013.
Barkevious Mingo with the Browns in 2013.
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Facing a felony charge punishable by up to 20 years in prison, Mingo turned himself in to police on the advice of his lawyer and was released after posting $25,000 bond.

The lawyer, Lukas Garcia, called the allegations “completely baseless” in a statement to NFL Network.

“Mingo is the victim of a false claim, and we believe this is motivated by money or some other ulterior motive,” Lukas said. “We are confident when the truth comes to light, my client will be fully exonerated.”

The victim’s mother filed a complaint to police in January of this year and the case was assigned to the Arlington Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit.

Barkevious Mingo making a tackle for the Seahawks in 2018.
Barkevious Mingo making a tackle for the Seahawks in 2018.
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Arlington police in February applied for a search warrant to obtain Nike’s sale records from July 4, writing in its application the “evidence will corroborate the victim’s statements. Furthermore it is known to [the detective] … that purchasing gifts for children is a known ‘grooming’ behavior in Child Sexual Abuse cases.”

Nike complied with the order, according to Sports Illustrated.

A sixth-overall pick by the Browns in 2013, Mingo has also played for Chicago, Houston, New England, Seattle and Indianapolis.

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