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NFL's Antonio Smith Investigated for Child Abuse

5/21/2015 12:45 AM PDT

NFL's Antonio Smith -- Investigated for Child Abuse

EXCLUSIVE

Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith -- a former Pro Bowler -- is being investigated for alleged child abuse in Texas ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with the Fort Bend County District Attorney, John Healey, who confirms the child abuse division is handling the case against Smith -- though, so far, no charges have been filed. 

Sources connected to the case tell us ... the accuser claims there are multiple incidents dating back to 2010.

We're told the case was first reported to officials in Colorado back in November -- but the case was forwarded to Texas, because that's where the accuser says the alleged incidents took place. 

FYI -- Smith played for the Houston Texans from 2009 to 2013. 

Healey tells us, "We're trying to discern the truth from the untruthfulness of the claim to decide what charges, if any, will be filed."

A rep for the Broncos tells TMZ Sports, "Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith. We are now in the process of gathering more information."

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