A California judge has signed an arrest warrant for Nebraska, recalling Maurice Washington, his lawyer said Thursday, while university officials said the sports department did not know the exact allegations against the player during the football season.
Washington was charged in December in California with possessing and distributing a video of a former girlfriend who was sexually abused in 2016 by two other people when she was 15 years old.
He will be turned over to the authorities and tried in California to prevent arrest. said his lawyer, John C. Ball.
Washington is suspected of saving the video on his cell phone and sending it to the victim last March. He is accused of having posted a video or photograph of a person under 1
Ball emphasized that Washington was not involved in the alleged attack.
"Mr. Washington had absolutely nothing to do with the alleged sexual assault," Ball said in a statement. "The young woman in this case did not even claim that the recorded incident was sexual assault and until recently was not consensual after allegedly receiving the video from Mr. Washington, years after the alleged assault People who once were friend and girlfriend in eighth grade and their communication years later: Without any facts, any judgment about anything in this case is premature and would only be based on speculation and conjecture. "Mr. Washington is considered innocent of this case before one Also on Thursday, Nebraska's sports department officials said they had linked Washington to a lawyer friendly with head coach Scott Frost. The school did nothing inappropriate, and the Coaches had no idea of the exact pre-trial last fall against child pornography.
Investigators in California and Nebraska were in contact with sinc In September, Washington attorney Jon Bruning, a former Attorney General in Nebraska, is currently in private practice, although he is not normally prosecuted. Last week, Bruning Washington referred to defense lawyer Ball after learning that the charges were pending.
According to a statement from Nebraska, the coach and sports department knew that investigators from California wanted to speak with Washington, but Bruning had recently told Frost about it. In the case of lawyers and clients, he can not disclose the nature of the investigation. Bruning told Frost that he doubted that the investigation would lead to criminal charges.
Nebraska also denied wrongdoing to have referred Washington to Bruning. The documents released Wednesday by the Santa Clara Supreme Court state that Bruning said he had been "contacted by members of the sports department," but the school said it was only for a referral.
"Nebraska football team was clear to both Bruning employees and Washington, Washington should be treated as a normal customer and appropriately charged," states a statement from the university, adding that Bruning has a "long-standing friendship" with Frost and one of his colleagues, former team-mate Matt Davison.
The NCAA normally allows Athletes in the Sports Department to transfer athletes to lawyers, but the athlete must be the one to contact the lawyer. In such a case, it would violate the NCAA rules if the school pays the athlete's attorney's fees; and the rules generally prohibit lawyers from offering special offers or pro-bono work to athletes if this similar offer is not available to non-athletes.
"I was introduced by Maurice Washington to Maurice Washington in the fall," Bruning told ESPN on Thursday. "I was told that the office of the Nebraska Lawyers' Cooperative had called for and questioned Mr. Washington at various places in the university, and I told Maurice that he probably needed a lawyer to help him, and I also told him to hire a lawyer With a Letter of Commitment, you pay for this service to avoid problems with the NCAA. "The Football Team affirms that we must do everything in the book and make sure it does not get any added value." Everyone was very happy realized that we had to make sure every rule was right. It followed to protect the University, the coaches and the authority of Washington. "
Bruning was implicated in the case after Ed Sexton, who worked in the Attorney General's office Nebraska is working with a sports official, Jamie Vaughn, who spoke.Sexton wrote that Vaughn told him that the football team "knew I wanted to see what was going on and talk to Washington. " Football coaches were also worried that Washington needed a lawyer. Bruning said he never told anyone about the kind of possible charges on Wednesday.
The California investigation lasted from last March until the summer. Then the Californian authorities asked Sexton to locate Washington for an interview.
According to court documents received by The Associated Press, Sexton said that he had contacted Nebraska and was recalled first by Vaughn and by Bruning on September 14. 19659002] "The nature of the case was exposed, and I thought Bruning would talk to Washington and his coaches and then know if or when I could interview Washington," Sexton wrote. "I do not expect to interview Washington."
Five days later, court documents say. Sexton called Bruning, who told Sexton that Washington had told him he had no idea about the video.
Second In the September week, Washington had begun its first season and was on the way to becoming the team's third largest rusher.
The court documents described vain attempts by a Californian detective and Sexton to arrange an interview with Washington by Vaughn and Bruning. They made repeated calls and sent texts that were not answered to Washington.
The court records indicate that the case lasted throughout the season, and there is no indication that Washington has ever been interviewed. On December 14, Bruning received copies of search warrants from the sheriff's office in Santa Clara County, California.
"After hearing nothing for three months in 19459009, I called him that day and his behavior on that call is best described as hostile and unprofessional," Bruning told ESPN. "He insulted me about the case, threatened to arrest my client and insisted that despite my fifth right to amend our constitution, he could speak with the client to keep silent, and I said I would consider his request."
Bruning He then said he had heard nothing from investigators until a reporter told him last week that Washington was being charged. He then passed the case on to Ball. Bruning also said that he had never heard the video, known as rape or assault, until the news was posted on Monday.
Washington was considered a top player in the recruitment class of 2018 in Nebraska and immediately received playing time. He appeared in eleven games and launched against Ohio State and Iowa. He finished the race with 455 yards and 221 yards. He was also the best kick-return man in Nebraska.
This report uses information from Paula Lavigne and The Associated Press of ESPN.