Former Jacksonville Jaguars Star Telvin Smith Arrested and Charged with Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor

Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith was arrested in Florida on Wednesday and charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

As per Duval County Jail, the 29-year-old was booked at 5:20 p.m. ET and subsequently released on a $50,003 bond. Official records show no court date has been listed, but Smith was scheduled to appear before a judge on Thursday morning.

According to ESPN, Smith is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl multiple times at his home and in his vehicle between August and September last year.

Florida Statute 794.05 classifies unlawful sexual activity with certain minors as a second-degree felony and applies to any adult aged 24 or older who engages in sexual intercourse with a person who is 16- or 17-years-old.

Jacksonville-based TV station WJXT reported heavily armored SWAT raided Smith's home in Queen's Harbor on Wednesday afternoon shortly after a search warrant was issued. According to the broadcaster, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office first launched an investigation into Smith in November, raiding his home and towing his vehicle away.

While Smith was not arrested at the time, it is understood his arrest on Wednesday is the result of the investigation that began late last year.

"The Jaguars are aware of the report involving former linebacker Telvin Smith," the Jaguars said in a statement. "The club is unable to comment further on this ongoing investigation."

A fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Smith was placed on the league's substance abuse program after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL combine that year.

Smith last played for the Jaguars in Week 17 of the 2018 season, a campaign during which he record a career-high 134 tackles. In May last year, the former Florida State alumni announced on social media he would take a break from football to "get my world in order" and focus on his family and health.

Smith sat out the Jaguars' voluntary organized team activities and was then fined $90,000 for missing the team's mandatory three-day minicamp in June last year. The 2017 Pro Bowl selection was eventually put on the reserve/retired list the following month, shortly before training camp began.

By placing him on the reserve/retired list, the Jaguars freed up a roster spot and paused Smith's contract. The Georgia native was due to make $9.75 million last season and he is due to make $10 million in 2020 and $10.25 million in 2021. Should Smith return to the active roster, his contract would resume as normal.

Telvin Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
Telvin Smith, then #50 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after returning a interception for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty