Vicki Podberesky, Rath’s attorney, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf at a hearing in Ventura County Superior Court on Friday.
“We are aware of the charges filed against Ted Rath,” the Rams said in a statement. “We take these allegations very seriously. Once the charges were filed, we decided Ted would take a leave of absence from the team as this matter works its way through the justice system.”
Rath, 35, was not with the team for the Jan. 20 NFC championship game in New Orleans or the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. The Rams had said Rath was absent from practices and games after undergoing a medical procedure, and Podberesky confirmed Friday that Rath underwent an unspecified procedure.
The alleged incident that led to charges against Rath took place in June 2018 at a private residence in Moorpark and involved an adult woman with whom Rath was acquainted, said Erik Nasarenko, senior deputy district attorney for Ventura County. Rath has been free on $5,000 bail, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
The release said “the charges allege that Rath touched an adult woman against her will on intimate parts of her body for the purpose of sexual arousal and gratification.” If convicted on all counts, Rath could face a maximum of 18 months in jail and would be required to register as a sex offender. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 19.