Coastal Carolina football player Ray Lewis III, the son of the former NFL star linebacker by the same name, turned himself into police Friday morning and was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct.
Lewis III was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 9:56 a.m., Friday morning and released at 11:25 a.m., on $10,000 bond.
The incident dates back to Jan. 23 when, according to information released by the Conway Police Department, officers responded to Grand Strand Medical Center at 4:18 a.m., in regard to a sexual assault the victims allege happened at 2291 Technology Blvd., an address corresponding to University Suites .
According to the police statement, “An investigation was completed in the case. After compiling medical reports from the hospital, victim statements, witness statements and lab results, the case was presented to the 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office for review and warrants were obtained for the suspect in the case – Ray Anthony Lewis III, 20, of Apopka, FL.”
The police report states there were two victims who were not named, and the warrant was in regard to “victim 2” while “the complaint with the victim 1 is still active, and investigators are seeking additional witnesses and leads. This case will be presented to the solicitor’s office again at a later date.”
The police report further states that Lewis III “did engage in sexual battery with an 18-year-old female. That the defendant did engage in said act with the knowledge that the victim was mentally incapacitated, and/or physically helpless from the use of drugs and/or alcohol. That the acts of the accused constitute the offense of Criminal Sexual Conduct - Third Degree.”
The case is still active and investigators are seeking additional witnesses and leads. The Conway Police Department asks anyone with information on the case to call 843-248-1790.
Lewis III, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound defensive back, played a limited role in 12 games last season for Coastal Carolina after transferring from Miami.
The university released a statement on Friday in response to his arrest.
“Once CCU became aware of an incident, the University immediately began facilitating the administrative investigation, which includes requests to Conway Police Department for the police report and other information pertaining to the case. The University obtained the arrest warrant today,” the statement reads.
“Immediately upon arrest, Ray Lewis III was suspended indefinitely from the football team. The University continues its administrative investigation process.”
Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia said via a text message that Lewis III “has already been excused from all football activities to get his academic and personal life straightened out” and reiterated the indefinite suspension.
“I’m sorry that Ray has this going on in his life,” Moglia said.