7-Foot-Tall Basketball Player, Son of Former NFL Star, Charged in Alleged Rape

December 13, 2018 Updated: December 14, 2018

College basketball prospect Jacob Walter, who is the son of a former NFL offensive lineman, was arrested on Dec. 11, for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman, said officials in Kentucky.

Walter, who weighs 300 pounds and is listed as 7 feet in height, committed the crimes throughout the day on Dec. 9, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The woman said she was afraid of Walter, who is the son of former Cincinnati Bengals lineman Joe Walter, who played 13 seasons in the NFL. The victim tried to get Walter to stop and was afraid of him “due to his size, strength, and aggressiveness,” the office said, Wave3 reported.

“Walter dismissed the victim by laughing at her and telling her that she would be fine” after the assault, a police statement said, according to WCPO. “Later the victim told her mother and made an excuse on why he needed to leave, giving her an opportunity to call the police,” a prosecutor said of the case.

Walter was ordered to stay away from the victim and her family and was being held on $250,000 bond at the Boone County Detention Center. “The victim told a family member about the sexual assaults and the family member was able to get Walter to leave the residence,” authorities said, reported the Enquirer.

“I think given the nature of the allegations… I think he’s clearly a flight risk and a danger to the public given what we just heard here on the record,” Assistant Boone County Prosecutor Michael Mason said, reported WAVE.

After he left the residence, Walter began texting the victim to say he was sorry. A family member then contacted the sheriff’s office.

Walter is described as a standout basketball player at Covington Catholic High School and earned a scholarship offer from Xavier University. WCPO reported that he never enrolled in classes at the college.

Walter is due back in court on Monday.

Crime Decreased in 2017

The FBI said that both violent crime and property crime decreased in 2017 compared to 2016.

Overall violent crime decreased 0.2 percent from 2016 to last year, while property crime decreased 3 percent during that time, the agency said in September, releasing data from the previous year.

“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to UCR nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the FBI stated.

“The report also showed there were more than 7.7 million property crimes last year. Burglaries decreased 7.6 percent and larceny-thefts decreased 2.2 percent. Motor vehicle thefts increased 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.”