Colts linebacker Josh McNary charged with rape

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Colts linebacker Josh McNary charged with rape
Wednesday January 14th, 2015

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary has been charged with rape, a Marion County, Ind., official told on Wednesday. FOX59 in Indianapolis first reported the news.

Court documents filed with the county on Wednesday show that McNary, 26, was charged with one count of rape, one count of criminal confinement and one count of battery. You can view the criminal complaint here. (Warning: graphic content). 

On Thursday, McNary denied the allegations in a statement released by his attorney, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 1. The victim told the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department that after her work shift ended at 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, she went to a few different bars in Indianapolis with co-workers before ending up at an "unknown apartment" with an "unknown male."

She alleges that she and the male had a physical fight before she was sexually assaulted. She then took the man's cell phone and left the apartment and contacted the police after returning to her residence.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts were not previously aware of the investigation.

The team released the following statement on Wednesday:

We are aware that there has been a report about Josh McNary​ but unfortunately that's the limit of our knowledge. At this time we are very concerned​ and trying to find out what the relevant facts are​ but we have insufficient information to venture any opinion​. As we learn more we will make appropriate updates​.

McNary was signed by the Colts in April 2013 after he served two years of active military service after attending Army. When he graduated Army, he was the school's all-time leader in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (49).

In 2014, McNary played in 15 games for Indianapolis and started four, registering 16 tackles and half a sack.

The Colts play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. 

This post was updated with the statement from McNary's attorney.

- Molly Geary

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