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Former Florida State, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith arrested on sex charge

ESPN says he’s accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times.

Former Florida State and Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith has been arrested on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.

Smith, 29, was booked into the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Jail on Wednesday and was being held on a $50,003 bond.

No details were available, nor was a police report. According to Florida Statute 794.05, which was the listed charge in the jail log, unlawful sexual activity with certain minors is a second-degree felony and applies to a person 24 or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17.

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

ESPN reported that Smith is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times, at his home and in his vehicle, in August and September. The girl told a friend and family member what happened after the first encounter, ESPN said. Investigators found evidence in Smith’s car linking him to the victim, ESPN said.

Officers were at Smith’s home Nov. 27, and his SUV was towed. He was not arrested then.

A fifth-round draft pick from Florida State in 2014 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2017, Smith announced in April 2019 that he was stepping away from football to “get my world in order.”

Smith had 586 total tackles with 445 solo tackles, nine interceptions, 7½ sacks and five forced fumbles in five seasons in Jacksonville. He is one of 13 players in NFL history to record 100 or more tackles in each of their first five years in the league.

He signed a four-year, $45 million extension in October 2017 that included $20 million guaranteed. He restructured that deal in March 2018, turning an $8 million roster bonus into a signing bonus to create extra cap space for the team.

He walked away from $9.75 million last season and has three years remaining on his contract.

The Jaguars fined Smith more than $88,000 for missing a mandatory minicamp in June. Smith avoided future fines by filing retirement paperwork with the NFL before training camp.

Jacksonville placed him on the league’s reserve/retired list, which paused his contract and freed up a roster spot. It also protected Smith from fines and NFL testing policies.