Darren Sanders, security director for the Baltimore Ravens, was charged with a sex offense late Tuesday night and is due in court in February, court records and a law enforcement source reportedly said. Sanders was reportedly charged with a fourth-degree sexual offense linked to a Dec. 14 incident.
The court records for Baltimore City District Court did not reportedly give details on the charge or the case. The offense carries a maximum of a year in jail or a fine of $1,000, or both, The Baltimore Sun reported. Sanders' attorney, Andrew Alperstein, said that the claims were "totally fabricated, made up." Sanders had helped lead the Ravens' investigation into a domestic violence case involving Ray Rice and his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer.
"It does a disservice to real victims when people make things up like this," Alperstein said, according to The Baltimore Sun. "People like [Sanders] are susceptible to made-up allegations. It puts you in a vulnerable position.
"He's had nothing but an exemplary career, both with the police department and the Ravens. He wouldn't get to the position he's in if he didn't,” Alperstein reportedly said.
The summons listed Sanders’ address as that of the Ravens’ headquarters in Owings Mills, Maryland, The Associated Press reported.
"We are aware of the situation and have been investigating thoroughly,” Kevin Byrne, a spokesperson for the Ravens, reportedly said on behalf of the team.