Nebraska’s football program has released a statement regarding the troubling report about running back Maurice Washington that surfaced earlier today. Washington is reportedly facing charges for revenge porn and child porn in California.
NBC Bay Area is reporting that Washington, a California native, is facing those charges in his home state after allegedly sending an explicit video of a 15-year-old female victim teen being sexually assaulted.
Washington himself is not believed to be part of the alleged assault – nor is he believed to have recorded the video – however he is accused of keeping and sending the video to the victim last spring. Washington and the victim reportedly dated while in high school.
Washington, who dated the victim during his freshman year at The King’s Academy High School in Sunnyvale, is being charged under the “Revenge Porn” law because he’s accused of sending the video to inflict emotional damage on the victim. Because the victim was 15 when the video was recorded, he’s also being charged with distribution of child pornography, a felony.
“I tried so hard to forget it, and then to have someone just throw it back in my face like that and taunt me with it was just so evil,” Taylor, the victim, told NBC Bay Area on the condition we not use her last name. “Maybe that’s the wrong word to use, but I felt like it was evil, like why would you ever want somebody to feel that pain that I felt that day?”
Nebraska has released a statement regarding the report:
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) February 11, 2019
Washington’s attorney, John C. Ball, also spoke to NBC:
“Mr. Washington will continue to be fully cooperative with the authorities in this situation,” he said. “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, a four-star recruit, averaged nearly 6 yards a carry for the Huskers during his freshman season.
You can view NBC’s full report here.