A California judge signed a Nebraska arrest warrant when he returned to Maurice Washington, a lawyer told her on Thursday, while university officials reported that the sports department did not know the exact allegations against the player during the football season. In California, California accused of owning and distributing a video of a former girlfriend who was sexually abusive by two people in 2016, when she was 15 years old, was charged in December. said his lawyer John S. Ball.
Washington suspects that he kept a video on his mobile phone and sent it to a victim in March last year. He is accused of having a video or a photo of a person under the age of 18 who is engaged in or mimicking sexual behavior, and also believes that without permission places a video or a photo of a person engaged in or imitating sexual behavior without consent. person suffering from emotional disorder. Washington was a star at the Royal Academy in Sanibel, California, where he met a girlfriend. Later he studied at a high school in Texas.
Ball emphasized that Washington was not involved in the alleged attack.
"Mr. Washington has absolutely no relation to alleged sexual violence," Bal said. "The young woman in this case did not even claim that the recorded incident was a sexual violence and was unacceptable until recently after she allegedly received a video from Mr. Washington, years after the alleged assault occurred. This is about two young people who were once a boy and girlfriend in the eighth grade, and their relationship later years, without all the facts, any judgment about something in this case is premature and will be based only on speculation and assumptions.
Except That, on Thursday, officials athletics The Nebraska Department said that they had merged Washington with a lawyer who had been friends with head coach Scott Moroz, but that the school did not do anything inappropriate, and coaches did not know about exact child pornography accusations that the player encountered last fall.
Investigators in California and Nebraska were in contact with Washington's lawyer at the time, while John Bruning, a former attorney general of the state of Nebraska, is now in private practice, although not usually with criminal defense. Last week Bruning sent Washington to Ball, a criminal defense lawyer, after he found out that the prosecution was ongoing. a fall that he could not disclose the nature of the investigation through the privilege of the client's lawyer. Bruning told Moroz that he had doubts that the probe would lead to criminal liability.
Nebraska also denied the offense, referring to Washington at Bruning. Entries published Wednesday by the Supreme Court of the County of Santa Clara that Bruning said that "they were affiliated with members of the athletic department," but the school said it was for referral only. and Washington, that Washington should be seen as a regular customer and properly billed, "said the university's conclusion, adding that Bruning had a" long-standing friendship "with Moroz and associate athletic director and former teammate Matte Davison. The NCAA usually allows athletic staff to send athletes to lawyers, but the athlete should be the one who initiates contact with the attorney. In a similar case, this violates NCAA rules if the school pays the athlete's legal expenses; and rules generally prohibit advocates from providing special discounts or professional work to athletes if such a proposal is not available to non-athletes.
"The past autumn, I was introduced to the football staff of Maurice Washington," Bruning said on Thursday. "I was told that the General Prosecutor of the State of Nebraska called in Washington's various campus places and wanted to interrogate him." I told Maurice that he probably needed a lawyer to help him. A letter of commitment and payment for this service. to avoid problems with the NCAA. Football officials again stated that we should do everything in the book and make sure that he did not get additional benefits.
Bruning was involved in the case after Edson Sexton, who works at the Attorney General's Office state of Nebraska, turned about Jamie Won's official athletics official.Sexton wrote that Won told him that the football staff "wanted to know what was happening and wanted to talk to Washington." Football coaches were also worried that Washington needed a lawyer.
Bruning saying on Wednesday that he never told anyone at the university about the nature of potential allegations.
The California investigation lasted from last March to summer. The California authorities have asked Sexton to help track Washington for an interview.
According to the documents received by Associated Press, Sexton stated that he was in contact with Nebraska and originally was summoned to Wohn and then on September 1
Seventeen days later, according to court documents, Sexton called Bruning, who told Sexton that Washington had told him that he had no idea of a video allegory.
Washington Week began its first season in September and was on the way to becoming the third team in the team.
Court records described the vain attempts by a detective from California and Sexton to arrange an interview with Washington via Won and Bruning. They repeatedly called and sent to Washington the texts that remained unanswered. On December 14, Bruning received copies of search orders at the Sheriff's office in Santa Clara County, California.
"Without hearing from [Santa Clara County Sheriff’s investigator Colin Haselbach] for three months, I called him on that day, and his behavior in this call may be better described as hostile and unprofessional," said Bruning ESPN. "He accused me of this case, threatened to arrest my client and insisted that he should speak with my client, despite the amendment to our Constitution on silence. I said that I would consider his request. "
Bruning said he had not heard anything from the investigators until the reporter had told him last week that Washington accused, and then he handed the case to Ball. Bruning also said that he had never heard that the video was described as a cover of rape or assault until the news came out on Monday.
Washington was considered the best player in the Nebraska Recruiting class in 2018. He appeared in 11 games and started off against Ohio and Iowa. He finished with 455 yards rushing and 221 yards of receipt.
Information with ESPN Paula Lavigne and Associated Press were used in this report.