A judge ordered ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to be held without bail, after new accusations that he inappropriately approached two more women in Carlsbad, while he was at liberty on $2 million bail for multiple charges of rape and kidnap.
Prosecutor Dan Owens described one of the new, alleged incidents, in which 35-year-old Winslow Jr. approached a teenaged girl while she was walking in Carlsbad.
“Mister Winslow, back in January of this year, had contacted an 18-year-old high school student (who) was walking home from school, and he commented that he had seen her in the area the last couple of days. He told her that he thought that she was cute, he asked her for her phone number, he asked her how old she was, he asked her where she lived, and she rebuffed his advances. She did not get into his car, but she went into a friend’s home who lived nearby.” The young woman reported what happened and her parents contacted law enforcement, according to prosecutor Owens who spoke after a hearing today, March 4.
The prosecutor said he filed no criminal charges related to that January incident, but Winslow Jr’s conduct was disturbingly similar to the way he allegedly approached two women who did get into his car and were then raped, according to their testimony in hearings last July.
Judge Blaine Bowman commented, “His other crimes involved getting victims in his car,” when he denied defense’s request for Winslow to be released into “home detention” with a GPS monitor.
The prosecutor said Winslow is facing one new, misdemeanor charge for lewd conduct directed at an elderly woman on February 13, 2019.
On that day, Winslow Jr. allegedly approached a 77-year-old woman while she was exercising at a Crunch Fitness gym in Carlsbad. Winslow Jr. allegedly touched himself through his clothing, and he asked her if she saw that and if she liked that, the prosecutor said today. One week later, on February 22, Winslow Jr. saw the same woman at that same gym, she was alone in a jacuzzi; Winslow Jr joined her in the jacuzzi wearing only a towel wrapped around his waist; first he touched himself and then he touched the woman on her arm and she drew away; Winslow Jr. then touched that woman’s feet with his own feet, the prosecutor alleged. That woman told her husband who reported it to the gym, this resulted in the most recent arrest of Kellen Winslow Jr., the prosecutor said today.
Before today’s hearing which alleged new victims, his prior alleged victims were said to be aged 86, 71, 59, and 55 years. Investigators have recovered 35-year-old Winslow’s DNA from the clothing of at least one of his rape-kidnap accusers, the prosecutor said.
Winslow Jr. was first arrested briefly on June 7, 2018, he posted $50,000 bail and was released. He was booked again on June 14, facing more charges; eventually he posted $2 million bail and gained his liberty.
During the hearing today, defense attorneys successfully got one kidnap charge dismissed, after they argued that the alleged victim did not expressly state she was forced or fearful when she got into Winslow’s vehicle. Prosecutor Owens unsuccessfully argued that Winslow Jr. fraudulently persuaded the woman to get into his car by promising to take her to a Denny’s restaurant.
Even without that one kidnap allegation, the prosecutor said, “He faces well over 100 years to life.”
Trial is currently set to start at the end of April 2019, before Honorable judge Blaine Bowman, in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse in Vista, California.