Arena Football Player Pleads Guilty
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ A player on the Iowa Barnstormers pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old emotionally disturbed girl and will serve eight months in jail.
Basil Proctor, a starting fullback-linebacker for the Arena Football League team, struck a deal with Broward County prosecutors in Florida, pleading guilty to sexual battery with a custodial juvenile.
The deal requires that he serve eight months in the Broward County Jail beginning in mid-August. The regular season ends for the Barnstormers on July 22.
He will then serve five years’ probation, said Dan Stiffler, an assistant state’s attorney.
Proctor maintained his innocence, saying Wednesday that he pleaded guilty to avoid a possible conviction that could have put him in prison for up to 32 years.
He was charged with having sex with the girl in 1998 while he was a counselor at the Brown School in Cooper City, Fla. _ a secure facility for emotionally disturbed and possibly violent teen-agers.
Proctor practiced with the Barnstormers on Wednesday, but his role with the team has not been determined.
Coach John Gregory said he will review the situation with Barnstormers’ owner-manager Jim Foster and with Arena League officials.
Iowa opens the regular season Saturday against the Arizona Rattlers in Phoenix.