Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Joshua Sills indicted in 2019 Ohio rape case
An offensive lineman for the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles has been placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exempt List after he was indicted in connection with a 2019 rape in Guernsey County, Ohio.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the indictment in a press release on Wednesday morning.
Joshua Sills, 25, has been charged with one count of rape and one count of kidnapping, according to the indictment. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in December 2019 in which a woman alleged she was forced to engage in non-consensual sexual activity with Sills.
Yost said the incident was immediately reported to the Guernsey County Sheriff's office and a "detailed investigation" was conducted.
The Eagles said in a statement that the team is aware of the legal matter involving Sills. The team has been in communication with the league office and is in the process of gathering more information.
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The prosecution of the case is being handled by the Ohio Attorney General office's special prosecutions section.
Sills was issued a summons and is due to have his first court appearance on Feb. 16, four days after the Super Bowl.
Sills was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2022 with the Eagles. He played college football at West Virginia University for four years before transferring for a fifth year at Oklahoma State University. Sills is originally from Guernsey County.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Philadelphia Eagles OL Joshua Sills indicted in 2019 Ohio rape case