Former NFL QB Schlichter's bond over $1M in theft case

Bond has been set at a little more than $1 million in a theft case against a former Ohio State and NFL player whose career was derailed by a gambling addiction.

Attorney Sam Shamansky says Art Schlichter had hoped to be released from jail in Columbus, Ohio, to receive treatment for the addiction. Schlichter was charged in February with stealing more than $1 million from a Columbus-area woman by deceiving her about why he took the money.

Schlichter, 50, spent 10 years in prison for gambling-related crimes. He played at Ohio State from 1978 to 1981 and was the Baltimore Colts' first-round pick, fourth overall, in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Schlichter played in the NFL for the Colts, in Baltimore and Indianapolis, in 1982, '84 and '85 -- he was suspended by the league for the '83 season for gambling on league games and associating with bookmakers -- and for the Buffalo Bills in 1986. He also played in the Canadian Football League and in the early 1990s in the Arena Football League.

If Schlichter posts bond, he must remain on house arrest at his mother's home in Washington Court House in southwest Ohio. He also isn't allowed to have contact with the alleged victim.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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