Prostitution charges dismissed for former NFL player in Las Vegas

Updated: March 10, 2008, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Criminal charges have been dropped against a former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker who had been accused of living from the earnings of a prostitute, court officials in Nevada said Monday.

A lawyer for Richard Seigler said the state lacked evidence that Seigler was guilty of the felony charges that led to his arrest last May in Pittsburgh.

Seigler wants to try to play again in the NFL, now that the case been dismissed, lawyer Stephen Stein told The Associated Press.

A court clerk said Seigler's trial, which had been scheduled to begin Monday before Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass, was called off after charges were dismissed Thursday.

The prosecutor handling the case did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Seigler pleaded not guilty last May to charges of pandering, providing transportation for a prostitute and living from the earnings of a prostitute. Authorities said he could have faced penalties of up to 12 years in prison and $15,000 in fines if convicted.

Prostitution is legal in parts of Nevada but not in Las Vegas.

The case rested largely on the testimony of a reluctant witness -- a Cheney, Wash., resident who testified at a preliminary hearing in June. Stein characterized the woman as a jilted, celebrity-struck former girlfriend.

Stein had called it absurd to think an NFL player earning $450,000 a year would work on the side as a pimp or live off the earnings of a prostitute.

Seigler, of Las Vegas, played for Oregon State from 2000 through 2003, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. He went to the Steelers in 2005, was cut in 2006, but returned to the team's practice squad. He was released after his arrest.

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