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Professional athletes who have been accused of committing sex crimes

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon has been accused of raping a woman. She is suing him for $15 million in damages.
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On Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that an unnamed woman filed a civil suit against current Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon on Thursday. She claimed that Simon raped her and seeks $15 million in damages. The woman was an at-risk youth counselor and says she cannot return to work because of emotional distress. The suit claimed the assault occurred in April 2013 during a series against the Washington Nationals.

According to her statement, after going to the Mayfaire Renaissance Hotel with Simon, she said Simon anally raped her. Simon’s lawyer denies the allegation. After she first reported the incident to authorities, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia declined to press charges. Currently, Simon has three wins and a 1.30 ERA. Read more about the Alfredo Simon case at the Cincinnati Enquirer website.

In addition to Simon, the following list includes five former professional athletes who have been accused of sexual crimes:

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Professional athletes accused of sex crimes

In the prime of his career, Mike Tyson rose to the top of the boxing hierarchy by easily knocking out several opponents. In 1988, he knocked out Michael Spinks in under two minutes. In 1992, he was convicted of raping Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room. He served three years of a six-year stint at the Indiana Youth Center. After his release, he attempted to restart his boxing career. He also appeared in The Hangover.

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Professional athletes accused of sex crimes

Melvin Hall Jr had an extensive baseball career from 1981 to 1996. He spent his final season as a member of the San Francisco Giants. After his playing days ended, he was convicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. His victims were 12 and 15. He now spends his days behind bars and won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 71.

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Professional athletes accused of sex crimes

Chad Curtis player for several major league baseball clubs from 1992-2001. In 2012, he resigned from a coaching job at Lakewood Public Schools after he was accused of touching several female students. In court, three teenage girls testified against Curtis. He was found guilty of six counts of criminal sexual conduct. He will spend between 7 to 15 years behind bars at a correctional facility in Michigan.

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Professional athletes accused of sex crimes

Former NBA player “Fast Eddie” Johnson played in the NBA from 1977-1987, and spent most of his career with the Atlanta Hawks. After the NBA booted him for drug issues, his life continued to spiral. He has been arrested at least 100 times. In 2006, he was charged with rape and sexually molesting an eight-year-old girl. He received a life sentence and spends his days at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution.

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Professional athletes accused of sex crimes

Former NFL player Darren Sharper, the charismatic former NFL Network analyst has been accused of drugging and raping women in California, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The Associated Press reports Sharper has been denied bail and remains imprisoned in California. As a member of the New Orleans Saints, Sharper received a Super Bowl ring after the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2010.