Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was arrested earlier this week for “indecency with a child,” according to TMZ Sports.
The 30-year-old was arrested July 8 by the Arlington Police Department for “indecency with a child, sexual contact,” according to court records obtained by TMZ Sports and law enforcement officials.
Mingo’s bond was set at $25,000, and he was released on July 9. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
TMZ Sports adds that the details surrounding the arrest are not yet clear.
The Falcons released a statement saying they are aware of the allegations against Mingo and are monitoring the situation.
“Our organization became aware of the allegations involving Barkevious Mingo today and are currently gathering information on this incident,” the team said, according to Pro Football Talk. “The Falcons take the allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation.”
After starring at LSU, the Cleveland Browns selected Mingo sixth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has bounced around the NFL since 2016, spending time with the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.
Mingo won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2017, recording two tackles in New England’s historic comeback over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI.
In 16 games with the Bears last season, Mingo recorded 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups, 35 tackles, three tackles for a loss and five quarterback hits.