Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith was arrested this afternoon, according to the Duval County Jail website.
According to the Duval County jail records, Smith was charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. Smith’s bond has been set at $50,003 and he has not completed the admissions process.
According to the state of Florida legal statues, unlawful sexual activity with certain minors is as follows: “A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. ”
Statement from the Jaguars on Smith (via ESPN’s Mike DiRocco): “The Jaguars are aware of the report involving former linebacker Telvin Smith. The club is unable to comment further on this ongoing investigation.”
Smith last played for the Jaguars in 2018. Smith announced that he was stepping away from football in May of 2019, stating “I must give this time back to myself, my family, & my health. I appreciate all the support I will [and] will not get. I just ask y’all respect my decision to not play football this season.”
Smith is currently listed on the team’s reserve/retired list. In November last year, there was reported police activity at the Smith residence, although no arrest was reported, nor has there been any offcial word from the Jacksonville Sheriff office if the two events are connected.
Update: According to Duval County jail records, and reported by WJXT’s Vic Micolucci, Smith was released on bail late Wednesday night.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.