In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, Ray Anthony Lewis III, left, and his father, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis Jr., chat after his national signing day ceremony in the Lake Mary Prep auditorium in Lake Mary, Fla. Lewis III, a Coastal Carolina defensive back, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. An arrest warrant issued Friday, April 29, 2016, said the charge stems from a Jan. 23 incident at a Conway, S.C., apartment and alleges 20-year-old Lewis engaged in sex with an 18-year-old woman incapacitated from using drugs or alcohol. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Ray Anthony Lewis III, a defensive back at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. and son of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
An arrest warrant issued Friday said the charge stems from a Jan. 23 incident at a Conway apartment and alleges 20-year-old Lewis engaged in sex with an 18-year-old woman incapacitated from using drugs or alcohol. An incident report said a complaint by a second victim is still being investigated.
Lewis denied the charge.
“He is not guilty because no crime was committed,” his legal team wrote in a statement. “The sex with the accuser was entirely consensual.”
“At the time of the sexual encounter, the two girls involved were fully conscious of what they were doing and knowingly consented,” Lewis’ lawyers continued. We are confident that a thorough evaluation of the facts will show that there was no crime committed.”
According to Deadspin, among the attorneys representing Lewis is Ed Garland of Garland, Samuel and Loeb in Atlanta. Garland represented Lewis’ father, Ray, after he was charged with two counts of murder in 2000 in connection with an Atlanta fight in which two men were stabbed to death.
Conway Police Lt. Selena Small said after an investigation, the case was presented to the local prosecutor and a warrant served Friday. Lewis, of Apopka, Florida, turned himself in Friday and was released on $10,000 bond. University spokeswoman Martha Hunn said Lewis was suspended from the team upon his arrest.