The NFL player Barkevious Mingo's indecency with a child charge is revealed in detail.
NFL linebacker Barkevious Mingo allegedly grabbed a teenage boy's underwear in a Texas hotel room in 2019, according to a search warrant that resulted in Mingo's arrest last week on a charge of indecency with child sexual contact.
Mingo invited a teenage family member and the boy's friend to an amusement park and go-kart track during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to the warrant issued by the Arlington Police Department and reported Saturday by Sports Illustrated.
Mingo is also alleged to have taken the two boys to a steakhouse and purchased them Nike clothing before returning to the hotel where the 30-year-old was staying on July 4, 2019.
Later that night, the warrant states, "the victim was awoken by [Mingo] pulling at his underwear."
Mingo allegedly increased his "aggressiveness and yanked the victim's underwear down to his shins. According to the warrant, the victim stated that he was scared and pretended to be asleep during this time period.
Mingo then allegedly attempted to have sexual relations with the unidentified victim.
The Atlanta Falcons terminated Mingo's contract, a one-year deal worth $1.1 million, on Saturday, "after becoming aware of allegations against Barkevious Mingo today and gathering information on the matter."
Mingo turned himself in to police on the advice of his attorney and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.
In a statement to NFL Network, the lawyer, Lukas Garcia, called the allegations "completely baseless."
“Mingo has been the victim of a false claim, which we believe is motivated by money or another ulterior motive,” Lukas stated. “We are confident that when the truth is revealed, my client will be completely vindicated.”
In January of this year, the victim's mother filed a complaint with police, and the case was assigned to the Arlington Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit.
Arlington police applied for a search warrant in February to obtain Nike's July 4 sales records, stating that the "evidence will corroborate the victim's statements." Additionally, [the detective] is aware that purchasing gifts for children is a well-documented 'grooming' behavior in Child Sexual Abuse cases.”
According to Sports Illustrated, Nike complied with the order.
Mingo was drafted sixth overall by the Browns in 2013. He has also played for the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, and Indianapolis Colts.