CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Ex-NFL star David Meggett was in a Charleston County court Monday facing criminal sexual conduct charges.
Prosecutors say Meggett, 42, assaulted a 21-year-old woman in her North Charleston home in 2009. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
The trial began Monday.
According to court documents, the victim awoke to find Meggett sitting on her bed asking her for the $200 she owed him. In the police report, she told police she didn't have the money and would get it to him Friday.
According to an affidavit, Meggett restricted her and had forced sexual intercourse with her. According to police, Meggett yelled at her, ripped the sheet off her, choked her, sexually assaulted her and then apologized.
After he left, the victim went to the hospital where she reported she had been sexually assaulted.
During his bond court hearing, Meggett denied breaking into the home or forcing himself upon the victim.
At the time of the alleged assault, Meggett was free on bond for another sexual assault charge. According to police, that charge stems from an incident at Meggett's North Charleston home in September 2009.
Investigators say the accuser also was an acquaintance.
Meggett began his football career at Bonds-Wilson High School before playing professionally for the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets. Meggett helped the Giants defeat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. He also was part of a losing effort in Super Bowl XXXI with the Patriots.