Meggett found guilty of rape
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Ex-pro football player to serve over 25 years
A former NFL star running back who played to packed stadiums on Sundays and
graced millions of television screens will spend more than 25 years in prison
for raping a woman.
A Charleston County jury convicted David Meggett of burglary and rape
Wednesday in connection with an attack last year inside a North Charleston home.
Circuit Judge Kristi Harrington sentenced Meggett to 30 years, to be served
concurrently, on both charges. He won't be eligible for parole for more than 25
years. Meggett's attorney, Beattie Butler of the Charleston County Public
Defender's Office, said Meggett will appeal.
Butler had argued that Meggett and the woman, a former College of Charleston
student who was 21 at the time and now lives in the Upstate, had consensual sex
that night and later argued.
Meggett, 44, didn't testify and also passed up a chance to speak to the court
before Harrington sentenced him.
The victim, whose teary testimony lasted more than one hour Monday, appeared
more serene Wednesday after the verdict. Assistant 9th Circuit Solicitor Culver
Kidd hugged her afterward and told her she was "very brave."
At issue in the three-day trial was what happened inside a North Charleston
home in January 2009.
The victim, who knew Meggett as Michael, said she had met him through her
former roommate and that they had a brief, drunken, consensual-sexual encounter
eight months before.
She also said she had borrowed $200 from Meggett, and he asked her for the
money back. When she told him she didn't have it, she said Meggett told her "he
was going to take a down payment now" and began sexually assaulting her.
When Meggett was arrested in this case, he was free on $50,000 bail in
connection with an arrest the previous fall.
He still faces charges in that September 2008 incident in which a teenager
told police she met Meggett through a mutual friend and he forced her to have
sex at a Railroad Avenue home.
Assistant Solicitor Chad Simpson said prosecutors haven't decided whether
they will pursue that case.
"They were similar allegations, but this (case) was what we felt was the
stronger of the two cases," he said.
Since Meggett didn't take the stand, prosecutors could not mention Meggett's
numerous prior sex-related brushes with the law, some of which date back to his
"I hope the jury feels good about the decision they made once they learn" of
Meggett's past, Simpson said.
Meggett, a graduate of Bonds-Wilson/North Charleston High School, was best
known as a kickoff and punt returner during his 10 seasons with the New York
Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets, but he also had many off-field
While with the Giants in 1990, Meggett was arrested in Baltimore on a charge
of offering to pay an undercover female police officer for sex. The Patriots cut
him in 1998 after his arrest in Toronto for allegedly assaulting an escort
worker after a sexual encounter.
A trial on the assault charge ended with a hung jury in April 2000.
In 2001, Charleston police arrested Meggett for allegedly sexually assaulting
an intoxicated 26-year-old woman after they left a downtown nightclub. That case
In 2006 he resigned from his job as parks and recreation director in
Robersonville, N.C., after he was accused of sexually assaulting his former
He was convicted of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, a year later and received
two years probation and allowed to move back to South Carolina in February and
serve his probation here.