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Ray Lewis issued subpoena for Nate Webster’s sex trial

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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to their AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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It’s been well over a decade since Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis found himself sitting in the witness chair at a trial. This time around, his testimony comes from something he isn’t accused of doing.

Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster faces a trial in Cincinnati for allegedly having sex on multiple occasions with a 15-year-old girl in 2009. Kimball Perry of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Webster’s lawyer has issued a subpoena to Lewis.

Mary Jill Donovan, who represents Webster, wouldn’t disclose the reason for the presence of Lewis on the witness list. Since cases of this nature require no proof of intent, it’s unclear how Lewis could help Webster’s case, unless Lewis can create reasonable doubt on the question of whether sex occurred. On at least four occasions.

Webster, who spent nine years in the NFL and two seasons with the Bengals, declined a plea deal that would have required him to spend four years in jail. He faces a sentence of up to 30 years.