Houston Texans minority owner, Javier Loya, is facing a series of serious charges, including rape, in Kentucky, as stated in court records. According to the indictment, Loya has been charged with one count of first-degree rape, five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of third-degree sexual abuse in Jefferson County. The 53-year-old Loya pled not guilty to the charges and posted a $50,000 bond.
In response to the allegations, Loya’s lead legal counsel, Andrew J. Sarne, released a statement to NBC News affirming his client’s innocence. Sarne emphasized that Loya unequivocally denies all allegations and is dedicated to vigorously defending his innocence. To further support his claim, Loya voluntarily took and successfully passed a polygraph test, adding weight to his protestation of innocence.
In a separate statement, the Houston Texans acknowledged the seriousness of the charges against Loya and announced his voluntary removal from all team and league activities while the case is pending. The NFL was promptly informed of the charges against Loya and confirmed that he has been prohibited from participating in league or club activities. Additionally, Loya is no longer associated with any league committees.
Javier Loya, the co-founder and chairman of Houston company OTC Global Holdings, has been a stakeholder in the Houston Texans since the team’s inception in 2002. However, his involvement with the franchise is now in question due to the pending charges he faces.
The case against Loya is scheduled for a pretrial conference on August 22, where further legal proceedings will take place to assess the accusations brought against him in Jefferson County, Kentucky.