Bengals WR Henry turns self in on new charges

Updated: June 14, 2006, 6:34 PM ET
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Troubled Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry turned himself in late Wednesday afternoon on three counts of an unlawful transaction with a minor. Henry, who was accompanied by his attorney, Bob Lotz of Covington, was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

Chris Henry
Henry

The arrest warrant issued on Wednesday morning claims that Henry provided alcohol to three women all under the age of 21. One of the women is identified as Monica Beamon, 18, and the others are cited as unnamed 15- and 16-year-olds. The criminal affidavit charges that all three women were in Henry's car when he provided them alcohol, with the knowledge that all were under the legal drinking age of 21.

He could get up to a year in jail and a $500 fine on each count if convicted. Henry will be arraigned Thursday, the prosecutor's office said.

The alleged incident occurred on April 29. On the morning of April 30, Covington Police were called to a local hotel, where Beamon told investigators that Henry had raped her. Based on inconsistencies in her story, and a follow-up investigation, it was determined no rape had taken place and Henry was not charged with any crime at the time. An arrest warrant for Beamon was issued on Wednesday morning, charging her with filing a false police report.

The Bengals declined comment.

"We don't comment on something when it's just in the stages of charges," Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Henry had already been arrested three times since December and is subject to league sanctions under the terms of the NFL personal conduct policy.

Henry most recently was charged with speeding and drunken driving earlier this month.

In that incident, Henry registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.092 on a breath test and was clocked at 82 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone, said Sgt. Craig Cvetan, a State Highway Patrol spokesman. The legal limit is 0.08.

Henry was charged in January with pulling a pistol on a group of revelers in downtown Orlando. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and is set for trial Aug. 21.

He avoided jail time on marijuana charges from a December arrest in Kentucky after pleading guilty and agreeing to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

Assistant Kenton County Attorney Kenneth Easterling, noting Henry's series of arrests, said authorities are still investigating and could file additional charges against him or others.

"Criminal justice is to impose accountability, to get people to either quit offending the law or rehabilitate them. Obviously, his recidivism is of concern to the Commonwealth," Easterling said.

Henry had 31 catches for 422 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season, when he developed into the Bengals' No. 3 receiver behind Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Information from ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press was used in this report.