LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — A jury acquitted a former central Ohio high school football star of raping a classmate after an emotional trial and two days of deliberations.
But the jury in Lancaster also deadlocked on a second rape charge Thursday, leading to a mistrial on that count. If convicted, Roger Lewis Jr. could have faced up to 11 years in prison on each count.
Prosecutors accused Lewis of raping the girl in 2011 and 2012, once on a basement couch and again in the back seat of a car. Lewis contended the sex was consensual.
The 19-year-old Lewis was a star wide receiver at Pickerington Central High School near Columbus who was recruited by colleges.
A prosecutor said it's possible Lewis could be tried again on the second rape charge.