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Ex-Bucs linebacker Nate Webster arrested on sex charge

CINCINNATI — Former Bucs linebacker Nate Webster often went to cookouts and socialized with friends at his home near Cincinnati. So when he needed a baby­sitter, he asked the 15-year-old daughter of a friend, who also was a Bengals assistant coach.

Webster, 33, was arrested Thursday on sex-related charges that involve the girl and a relationship that allegedly began in 2009.

He pleaded not guilty and was held on a $1 million bond.

According to an indictment unsealed Thursday, Webster used guns to intimidate the girl into keeping their relationship quiet. The girl said he told her if she revealed the relationship, he would kill her and her family, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said. Sometimes when they had sex in Webster's car, the girl told police, Webster had a gun in clear sight. Deters added she did not tell her father until he took another job.

"It's a disgusting thing to live under the threat of this," Deters said. "This conduct occurred dozens of times. In his car, his home, a park nearby."

The assistant coach was not named in order to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

Deter said the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office served search warrants on Webster's home Thursday morning and found four guns, including a semiautomatic rifle, and a small amount of marijuana.

Webster faces one count of gross sexual imposition, one count of sexual battery and five counts of unlawful sex with a minor with gun specifications. If convicted, he faces up to 361/2 years in prison.

No attorney was listed for Webster, who was unavailable for comment.

Webster was selected by the Bucs in the third round of the 2000 draft after a stellar career for his hometown Miami Hurricanes. He played for the Bucs until 2003, then played for the Bengals (2004-05) and Broncos (2006-08).

Colts owner confident in Manning's status

ATLANTA — Colts owner Jim Irsay said he's not worried about quarterback Peyton Manning but isn't sure when he will start practicing.

The comments came a day after the Indianapolis Star reported Manning would not be ready for the start of training camp because of offseason neck surgery.

"My sense is that he's doing well," Irsay said. "We've been through (his neck) surgery before. So I anticipate him being ready."

Broncos: Safety Brian Dawkins said he is willing to restructure his deal and take less money to stay with the team. Dawkins, 37, an eight-time Pro Bowl pick, is scheduled to make $6 million this season.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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