Just 24 hours after being announced as a candidate for the Heisman trophy, Alabama's star quarterback AJ McCarron's world is being torn apart. His uncle, Dustin Kent, 37, is one of the suspects in a massive pedophile and incest ring that existed in McCarron's home town of Mobile, Alabama, reports The Daily Mail.
Here's what you need to know:
1. Kent is Not Very Close With McCarron's Family
Dustin Kent is reported to be the brother of McCarron's mother, Dee Dee Bonner. It's further noted that McCarron's mother and accused rapist are not particularly close and is horrified at the revelations involving her brother.
2. One of McCarron's Cousins May Be a Victim of the Pedophile Ring
Police are operating on the theory that the ring that Kent is accused of being mixed up in is connected to the disappearance of his niece Brittney Wood, 19. Kent's wife, Mendy, who is also accused of being a member of the ring, is believed to know the location of Brittney's body according to the missing girl's mother, Chessie.
Kent was first arrested for his connection to the Brittney Wood case along with her brother, Derek, 21, back in June 2012, reports AL.com.
She was last seen alive on May 30 2012 in Styx River, Alabama.
3. He Denies His Charges
Kent is charged with sex abuse, sodomy, two counts of rape and production of obscene material of a person under 17. Kent, his wife Wendy, and nine others are all charged in the case. Those accused are all either members of the same family or friends. Kent is denying the charges.
4. Kent's Alleged to Have Raped a 13-Year-Old Girl in 2008
Kent is accused of luring a rape victim with the promise of a pet hamster. The girl, who was 13 at the time of the alleged rape in 2008, was brought to an industrial estate by her father who had told his child that he was taking her to Kent to get a new hamster. When Kent got in the car, he eventually began to rape her as she tried to resist him while her father was allegedly present.
5. Despite the Family Not Being Close, Kent Was a Fan of McCarron's Football Career
The Daily Mail says that Kent was very proud of his nephew's football career and keenly followed McCarron's progress. With the Heishman nomination, McCarron's football career continues to go from strength to strength after his sensational performance in last season's BCS Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame. It was during that game, that not only McCarron but his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, a former Miss Alabama became a national celebrity.