Ex-Jaguars LB Telvin Smith Arrested: Accused of Unlawful Sexual Activity

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Getty Telvin Smith #50 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017.

Telvin Smith, 29, a former linebacker with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with “unlawful sexual activity with certain minors,” as reported by ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

The Jaguars released the following statement after Smith’s arrest:

“The Jaguars are aware of the report involving former linebacker Telvin Smith. The club is unable to comment further on this ongoing investigation.”

DiRocco tweeted additional info on the reported arrest:

“Some more detail on former Jaguars LB Telvin Smith’s arrest. Per Florida Statute 794.05, the charge unlawful sexual activity with certain minors is a second-degree felony and applies to any person age 24 or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years old.”

On Wednesday, neighbors photographed law enforcement officials surrounding Smith’s home in Queens Harbour, Florida, and shared the photos with First Coast News. Smith had not been charged yet at the time.

This isn’t the first time authorities have been called to Smith’s house. Police executed a search warrant at Smith’s home, located in a gated neighborhood at 782 Shipwatch Drive, on November 27, 2019, and towed away his car, according to First Coast News.

News4Jax captured footage of a towtruck loading up and driving off with a black Cadillac Escalade that was parked inside Smith’s garage.

Smith was not arrested, and First Coast News reported that may be because he was cooperating with police in an ongoing investigation.

Smith Was Held on $50,000 Bond

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office website, Smith was booked into the system at 5:20 p.m. and held on a $50,003 bond. He was later released at 10:14 p.m.

Undercover officers and heavily armed SWAT team officers were captured surrounding Smith’s home on Wednesday, as News4Jax explained. Very few details of the case against Smith are known at this time. Due to the sensitive nature of the case, no documents have been released to the public.

Sources told News4Jax that officers arrived at Smith’s home armed because they believed he had weapons inside his house.

Smith Announced Last Year That He Was Leaving the NFL to Focus on Family

Telvin Smith

GettyTelvin Smith #50 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after intercepting a pass for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins on December 23, 2018.

Smith, who’s originally from Valdosta, Georgia, played college football at Florida State University. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

During his tenure with the Jaguars, Smith played in 76 games, recorded 586 tackles and had 9 interceptions. When the linebacker, who was reportedly set to make $9.75 million during the 2019-2020 season, announced he was stepping away from the game, it appeared to come as a complete surprise to Jaguars staff.

Announcing the news via his Instagram page on May 19, 2019, he wrote:

It was said to me from a great coach, that in order for the man to be his best, he must get his world in order. At this time I must take time away from this game & get my world in order. I must give this time back to myself, my family, & my health. I appreciate all the support I will & will not get. I just ask y’all respect my decision to not play football this season. I know the rumors of trade talk came about, but I started my career in Jacksonville & the day I do decided to call it quits it will be right here in Duval. I love y’all & even in my time off it’s #10toesdwn ya feel me!!! Love!

In response, the Jaguars released the following statement:

“We will not have a comment about Telvin Smith’s statement at this time. We need to have a conversation with Telvin to understand the situation and the circumstances. If there is a way we can support him we need to understand that.”

Smith was then placed on the team’s reserve/retired list in July 2019, according to NFL.com. The defender previously took a brief leave of absence from the NFL in 2016 after his brother, Brian Keith Moore, was shot and killed in Valdosta, Georgia. Three days, later Smith’s girlfriend gave birth to their first son.

According to Jacksonville.com, Smith was involved last year in legal proceedings with the two mothers of his children over custody and child support issues.

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