Former Detroit Lion Tommie Boyd Charged With Child Molestation

Author: Patrick Hayes
Published: January 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Turnover in the NFL due to the large size of rosters, injuries, and the constant influx of young talent can make pro football careers fleeting, forcing many former NFL players to get real-world jobs after their playing days.

Teaching and coaching kids is a natural transition — the experience as a professional athlete is an instant credibility source. After former Detroit Lion Tommie Boyd's career ended in 1998, he began working in the Fraser (Mich.) School District as a substitute teacher and track coach.

Boyd reportedly used that position to coerce two teenagers into sex, with the allegations dating back to 2007. Boyd was arrested and charged Jan. 21:

Tommie Boyd, 38, is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of accosting children for immoral purpose. In a separate case, Boyd is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A preliminary exam is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Boyd, a receiver from Lansing who played college football at Toledo, played in 25 games for the Lions, catching 14 passes for one touchdown.

Police say the relationship with one student started when she was 14. If convicted, he faces life in prison.


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