SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been charged with a misdemeanor count of sexual battery by a grand jury, according to multiple reports. Brooks' former 49ers teammate Ray McDonald has also been indicted on a delony charge of raping an intoxiated woman.
The news comes from Santa Clara County District Grand Jury following an investigation into a December incident at McDonald's home where a woman allegedly slipped on a pool decking, knocking her unconscious, according to the reports. The alleged victim filed a civil lawsuit against Brooks, alleging the 49ers outside linebacker "groped her person in a sexual manner."
The woman also alleged McDonald took her to his bedroom and had sex with her without consent. McDonald faces a maximum of eight years in prison if convicted of rape. Brooks could be facing six months in jail.
"The organization is aware that a misdemeanor charge has been filed against Ahmad Brooks stemming from a December 2014 matter," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "We take any charge against a member of this organization seriously and are in communication with the NFL. Ahmad is returning home to California and will not participate in Saturday’s game."
McDonald was signed by the Bears this offseason before the team released in him in May following a third domestic violence-related arrest in less than a year. Brooks' charge comes three weeks after the 49ers released fellow outside linebacker Aldon Smith following his third DUI-related arrest since 2012, and fifth run-in with the law since getting drafted seventh overall in 2011.
In lieu of the retirements of Justin Smith and Patrick Willis, Brooks and inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman were slated to be the only starters remaining from the defense that reached the Super Bowl following the 2012 season. Standout rookie linebacker Chris Borland also retired this offseason out of concerns about the long-term affects of head trauma. San Francisco led the NFL in arrests from 2011 to 2014.
The 49ers this week are practicing with the Denver Broncos for two days leading up to Saturday night's preseason game.