Charleston, SC, United States (AHN) – Former New York Giant and New England Patriot David Meggett was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after his conviction in a South Carolina court on charges of criminal sexual conduct and burglary.
Meggett, who played in the NFL from 1989 to 1998, was convicted in a case involving an encounter with a college student at her house in North Charleston in January 2009, according to authorities.
Meggett, who attended high school in North Charleston, played six years with the New York Giants, three with the New England Patriots and one with the New York Jets.
The 42-year-old did not take the stand in his own defense during the trial and plans to appeal according to his lawyer. Beattie Butler of the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office argued that Meggett and the woman had consensual sex and later had an argument.
This was not the first time Megget has run afoul of the law.
Meggett was arrested in Toronto in 1998 for allegedly assaulting an escort after a sexual encounter. His trial on the assault charge ended with a hung jury in April 2000.
Meggett went on to the position of parks and recreation director in Robersonville, N.C., but resigned four years ago after he was accused of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend.
He was convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery in 2007, receiving received two years probation.