Per Sheridan Hendrix of the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has already filed nine charges against El-Muhammad stemming from an Oct. 13 incident when neighbors near his home reported the serval was attacking a dog.
Eight of the nine charges El-Muhammad currently faces are first-degree misdemeanors. The other charge of intentionally releasing an exotic animal and allowing it to escape is a fifth-degree felony.
He also faces 12 other charges from various agencies involved in the case, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Fairfield Area Humane Society, Fairfield County Dog Warden and Fairfield County sheriff's office.
Hendrix noted investigators used a microchip in the serval to determine El-Muhammad, who previously told them he wasn't the owner, that the cat had been sold to him.
The serval was shot and killed by the Fairfield County sheriff's office when they responded to a call about the attack.
El-Muhammad worked at Ohio State under former head football coach Urban Meyer from 2015-17. His first year at the school was Ezekiel's final season with the Buckeyes before he declared for the NFL draft.