Former Giants Offensive Tackle Charged With Sexual Assault
Sexual assault charges were filed against Luke Petitgout Tuesday in the Pascack Joint Municipal Court. Petitgout was being held in the Bergen County Jail on $50,000 bail. His attorney, Patrick J. Jennings, said he expected Petitgout to be released soon, adding that the allegations against him are baseless and he intends to vigorously defend his client.
Last year, Petitgout’s wife accused him of hitting her in New York, resulting in a misdemeanor harassment charge being leveled against him. That charge was later dropped.
Petitgout played at the University of Notre Dame before becoming a Giants first-round draft pick in 1999, whereupon he was a starting left guard and right tackle for the team. Following a mid-season injury in 2006, Petitgout was released by the Giants. He went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2007 season, but was again injured, resulting in his retirement from professional football.
Depending on the degree of the charges filed against him, Petitgout could face very serious consequences if found guilty. There are multiple degrees of sexual assault that have a wide range of penalties. The most serious, 1st degree aggravated sexual assault, carries a possible term of 20 years in prison as well as mandatory registration and monitoring under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law statute.
It is unlikely that the charges in this case rise to that level, based on the facts that the charges were filed in municipal court and that Petitgout’s bail was set relatively low.
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