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Cops: Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham faces weapon, mischief and invasion charges

Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (55) looks on during

Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (55) looks on during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Photo Credit: Hans Pennink

Jets backup linebacker Jermaine Cunningham has been accused of sharing sexual images, illegally transporting a handgun and criminal mischief, a spokesman for a New Jersey prosecutor's office said.

Around 4:19 p.m. on Dec. 29, police officers responded to a domestic dispute at a home on Lafayette Avenue in Summit, New Jersey, according to the incident report and summary of charges. The report said that following an investigation, Cunningham, the resident of the home, was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree invasion of privacy and fourth-degree unlawful weapon transport.

Cunningham, 26, consented to a search of his Audi, where officers found a loaded .380-caliber handgun in the glove compartment, according to the incident report. The weapon was confiscated by police.

Cunningham was charged with invasion of privacy under a state law that prohibits the disclosure of "any photograph, film, videotape, recording or any other reproduction of the image of another person whose intimate parts are exposed or who is engaged in an act of sexual penetration or sexual contact, unless that person has consented to such disclosure."

The criminal mischief charge stems from the destruction of property (clothing) that belonged to a woman who lived at the same address until recently, according to the incident report.

Cunningham was processed and later released on his own recognizance. He is expected to appear in court in the coming weeks.

A Jets spokesman said: "We are aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter and we will have no comment."

Cunningham, a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2010, will become a free agent in March.

He briefly spent time with the 49ers in 2013 and later signed with the Jets in November of that year. He tore his Achilles tendon in August during the team's Green and White scrimmage at SUNY Cortland.

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