Ray Lewis III, the 20-year-old son of former Baltimore Ravens’ super star Ray Lewis, was arrested in South Carolina on April 29 and charged with sexual battery. The younger Lewis, following in his dad’s football footsteps, is a sophomore cornerback at Coastal Carolina University (CCU), according to Yahoo! Sports.
Lewis III was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct following complaints from two women who told police that they had been sexually assaulted by him. The alleged assaults went down on January 23 when police responded to those complaints at a local hospital. The women, one aged 18, said that the sexual assaults occurred across the street from the campus of Coastal Carolina inside an apartment.
Yahoo! reported that “According to the arrest warrant, Lewis engaged in sexual battery with an 18-year-old woman he knew was incapacitated either by drugs or alcohol.” Lewis voluntarily surrendered to police in South Carolina yesterday morning, according to USA Today.
Following his arrest yesterday, Lewis III was suspended indefinitely from the CCU football team, according to WBTW. “Once CCU became aware of an incident, the University immediately began facilitating the administrative investigation, which includes requests to Conway Police Department for the police report and other information pertaining to this case,” a spokesperson said in a statement published by WBTW. “The University obtained the arrest warrant today.”
Along with the official police investigation, CCU has its own internal investigation underway. Lawyers for Lewis III say that no crime or crimes were committed by their client. The Daily News received an e-mail from Lewis’ legal time that read “He is not guilty because no crime was committed. The sex with the accuser was entirely consensual.”
That e-mail went on to state that the two women were completely conscious during their sexual encounter with Lewis III and that they knew what they doing. After being booked Friday morning, Lewis III was released 90 minutes later on a $10,000 bond.