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Perrish Cox Trial: Demaryius Thomas, Former Teammate Could Face Civil Lawsuit

Former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox was acquitted of criminal sexual assault charges by a jury verdict, but now Cox and Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas may face a civil lawsuit from the accuser, as noted by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. The woman will be allowed to file her civil suit anonymously in order to protect her identity -- according to CourthouseNews.com -- in a civil complaint for "sexual assault and battery, sexual abuse, unlawful sexual penetration, pregnancy, and other highly sensitive matters."

In a civil trial, the standard of proof is merely a preponderance of the evidence, which theoretically means anything greater than 50% of the evidence in support of the claim is sufficient, so Cox and Thomas could be facing a more difficult case, considering the woman is pregnant with a fetus whose DNA is a match to Cox.

Cox was originally arrested and charged criminally as a rookie during the 2010 season -- when he played in 15 games, starting nine, and amassed 58 tackles and one interception -- and he was released by the Broncos before the end of training camp in 2011.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report, and get caught up on the case in this storystream.