Former Nebraska running back Maurice Washington has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in his home state of California. Washington pleaded no contest to charges stemming from an alleged violation of California’s revenge-porn law.
According to a report from KETV, Washington is scheduled to be released from jail on March 20 (backdating the start of the 30-day sentence). Washington was also placed on two years probation.
Washington was accused of sending a sexually-explicit video of a 15-year-old female in mid-February 2019. The female in the video claimed to have been sexually assaulted in the video, which was two years old at the time a warrant for Washington’s arrest was signed in California. Washington’s day in court was pushed back a handful of times for a variety of reasons.
As a freshman in 2018, Washington rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns. In 2019, Washington rushed for 298 yards and a touchdown in the first seven games of the season. As the season played on and the legal cloud continued to hover above Washington, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said Washington was not a part of the team’s future plans. Washington was dismissed by Nebraska in January of this year.
Nebraska running back Maurice Washington was previously scheduled to attend a court hearing in California in mid-June. That hearing will now take place in July, according to a report from Lincoln Journal Star.
According to the report, the court date was pushed back to July 25 to accommodate a recent discovery request. It was not reported who filed for the discovery request prior to the rescheduled court date. Washington was originally scheduled to appear in court today (June 12) before the date was pushed back to next month.
Washington was previously arraigned on two charges in April; one felony and one misdemeanor in connection to alleged revenge-porn violations in the state of California, Washington’s home state. While waiting for his legal issue to push forward, Washington found another way to get into some legal hot water this spring. Earlier this month, Washington was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Washington rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskers last fall. He also added 24 receptions for 221 receiving yards. Due to the legal cloud hovering above him this offseason, Washington was a limited participant in spring practices as head coach Scott Frost and the Nebraska coaching staff continue to allow the legal process to play out before making any decisions on Washington’s status with the program. Washington’s new court date will be held one week prior to the start of Nebraska’s preseason training camp in Lincoln.
Nebraska running back Maurice Washington has been accused of keeping a video of a 15-year old girl allegedly being sexually assaulted and sending it to her in a threatening manner. The California native is facing charges filed under the state’s revenge porn law, according to a report from NBC Bay Area.
According to the report, Washington did not record the video and was not connected to the sexual assault depicted in the video. The girl in the video is an ex-girlfriend and the video allegedly involved two other former classmates of Washington’s. Washington allegedly sent the video, which was saved on his phone, to the girl last March. Washington has been charged for attempting to inflict emotional damage on the alleged victim. He also faces charges of distributing child pornography because the girl was 15 years old at the time of the video recording.
One of the boys seen in the video was arrested in 2016 and placed on probation after being found guilty of distributing the video initially to classmates. The girl in the video did not report a rape to the police at the time due to feeling ashamed, according to the report. Neither boy was charged with sexual assault.
The message from Washington to the girl was seen first by the girl’s step-mother, who monitored the girl’s social media interactions through an iPad. Upon seeing the video contained in the message, the step-mother reported the message to local authorities. An investigator has reportedly been unable to interview Washington despite multiple requests with Nebraska’s athletics department and Washington’s attorney.
Further complicating this story for Nebraska is the revelation the University of Nebraska was aware of the allegations against Washington last fall. Despite the allegations levied against him, Washington continued to play for the Huskers, appearing in 11 games and not missing a game since Oct. 13. When the university was made aware of the allegations is not confirmed in detail.
“This is a situation involving an inappropriate cell phone video,” a statement from Washington’s attorney, John C. Bell, said. “The allegations are that Mr. Washington sent that video to his high school girlfriend. Mr. Washington did not make the video, nor does he appear in the video. The incident is alleged to have taken place in California, several years ago. Mr. Washington will continue to be fully cooperative with the authorities in this situation. We are in contact with those authorities, and are in the process of making arrangements to move forward and resolve this matter. Mr. Washington has confidence in our justice system, and knows that he can rely on the fundamental constitutional rights of due process and the presumption of innocence.”
Washington rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown for Nebraska in 2018. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 204 yards.
Well, it took a while, but Scott Frost has his first win as head coach of Nebraska. The Huskers (1-6, 1-4 Big Ten) picked up their long-awaited first win of the season in a 53-28 victory over Minnesota (3-4, 0-4 Big Ten) on Saturday.
Nebraska jumped out to a 28-0 lead on the Gophers in the first half, but a late touchdown by Minnesota at the end of the first half and two scores in the third quarter brought about some concern form the Husker faithful as the lead was trimmed to 28-22. Fortunately for Nebraska, that was as close as Minnesota would get as the Huskers went on a 25-6 run to close out the game.
Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 25 of 29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns and he rushed for 125 yards and another touchdown for his finest start yet at Nebraska. Devine Ozigbo (152 yards, 2 TD) and Maurice Washington (109 yards, 1 TD) also had big days on the ground in the win as Nebraska rolled up 382 rushing yards as a team.
After the game, it was time to celebrate the win that took longer than expected to celebrate in the Frost Era in Lincoln.
After the game, Frost was awarded the game ball in honor of his first win with the program.
Nebraska was the last program form a power conference to record a win this season. UCLA picked up their first win last week.
Nebraska will now be in great shape to make it two straight wins for Frost as the Huskers will host Bethune-Cookman next week in Lincoln. The game against the FCS program was thrown together as a way to makeup a game against Akron wiped out due to inclement weather in Week 1.
Minnesota, one of two teams without a win in Big Ten play (Rutgers), will look for their first win in the conference next week when they host Indiana. Indiana comes to town after losing a close game to Penn State.