Mike Current, American football player (Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), died from apparent suicide by gunshot he was 66
A native of Lima, Ohio, Current played left tackle for the Ohio State Buckeyes under head coach Woody Hayes. After backing up All American
Jim Davidson as a sophomore, Current became a starter as a junior in
1965. Prior to his senior year, he was named a team co-captain, along
with defensive back John Fill and center Ray Pryor.
Current was selected in the third round of the 1967 AFL/NFL common draft by the American Football League‘s Denver Broncos. He was traded to the AFL’s Miami Dolphins
where he played for two games before being traded back to the Broncos.
He played with the AFL Broncos from 1967 through 1969 and for the NFL
Broncos from 1970 through 1975. He was picked up by the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1976 veteran allocation draft, and returned to the NFL Dolphins from 1977 through 1979.
Current had three sons, Justin Current who currently lives in Aurora,
CO and works for Arrow in the Denver Tech Center, JT Current who lives
in New Berlin, WI and works for 1st Advantage Mortgage a Draper and
Kramer Company, and Anthony Current who lives in Des Moines, IA. .
Current filed for bankruptcy Nov. 29, 2010, listing his home in the 500
block of Lone Oak Loop in Silverton as an asset. According to the
filing, he owed between $500,000 and $1 million. A federal order filed
this month authorized a bank to foreclose on his home in Silverton.Pallone, Cara; Stacey Barchenger (January 19, 2012). “Former NFL player Current faced charges of sexual abuse”. Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon). Retrieved January 19, 2012.
He also owned a home in Silverton, in Marion County, Oregon, that was in foreclosure at the time of his death. Current previously resided in Silverton starting in 2002 where he was a bus driver from 2003 until 2010 and a Pop Warner Football coach. He wrote two books, Rememberin’ Life in the Trenches and Bush Justice, which were both self-published.
On Monday January 16, 2012, Current died after committing suicide by
shooting himself in the head with a 20 gauge shotgun at the scenic
outlook at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge near Dallas, Oregon.
Current was accused of sexually assaulting three victims, two girls and
one boy all 14 or younger, at least five times between 2004 and 2010 in
Marion County, Oregon. He allegedly used pornography, such as videos and photos, to elicit sex from the children.
On Tuesday January 17, 2012, Current was set to enter a plea on the
charges. He faced a minimum of six years and three months for each of
the five sex-abuse charges, a total of more than 30 years without
parole, and no chance at reduced time.
The Silverton Police Department had been looking into Current since
June 17 and were investigating the possibility of other victims.
Tara Lawrence, the attorney for the vicitms, indicated that she would
be pursuing justice through the civil courts since Current’s suicide did
not allow the victims to get their day in court. “Our hope is that with
Current’s death, any additional victims may feel empowered to break
their silence and speak out about their own abuse,” Lawrence said.
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