Former Cowboys Player CJ Spillman Freed on Bond Following Sexual Assault Charge

Former Dallas Cowboys player C.J. Spillman is free on bond after being indicted on a sexual assault charge in an alleged 2014 incident in Grapevine, court records show.

According to the indictment, the alleged assault took place between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2014 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, where the athlete was staying.

The team flew to St. Louis later in the day and Spillman, then 28, played against the Rams Sept. 21.

Sgt. Robert Eberling, with the Grapevine Police Department, said the woman, whose name is not being released, filed a complaint within days of the incident. Eberling declined to provide further details on the investigation.

In the days after the allegation was made public, Spillman was allowed to practice with the team and play in games until charges were brought forward, head coach Jason Garrett said in October 2014.

Grapevine police said a grand jury indicted Spillman Monday. He surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail Wednesday morning and was freed after posting a $15,000 bond.

The Cowboys signed Spillman, then 28, on Sept. 1, 2014, two days after he was cut by San Francisco. The former Louisville defensive back spent most of his first five seasons with the 49ers. After the 2014 season, Spillman was not resigned. He became a free agent in March.

His agent, Ron Slavin, declined comment Wednesday about the criminal case and said Spillman no longer lives in the Dallas area.

The alleged 2014 assault came less than 24 hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference to address concerns about the way the league has handled domestic violence cases. Goodell and the league were widely criticized over a two-game suspension for Baltimore running back Ray Rice after he knocked out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator.

There has been no statement from the NFL or the Dallas Cowboys on the alleged incident since last fall. At the time, the NFL offered to interview the alleged victim "on a confidential and appropriate basis to obtain more information." League spokesman Greg Aiello said in 2014 the NFL has been "looking into the matter and will continue to do so."

The case will be heard in the 371st District Court on July 10, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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