Report: Nebraska RB Maurice Washington Faces 'Revenge Porn' Charges in California

Nebraska running back Maurice Washington III faces charges under California’s "revenge porn" law, reports NBC Bay Area.

According to NBC Bay Area, Washington, a San Jose, Calif. native, did not record the video of the then 15-year-old allegedly being sexually assaulted. He is accused of keeping the video on his phone and sending it the victim last March. He is not part of the alleged assault involving his ex-girlfriend and two former classmates.

Washington allegedly sent the video with the message, "Remember this hoe [sic]."

According to NBC Bay Area, Washington is being charged under the "Revenge Porn" law since he’s accused of sending the video to inflict emotional damage on the victim. He is also being charged with with distribution of child pornography, which is a felony, since the victim was 15 when the video was recorded. 

One of the men in the video who recorded and sent it around was arrested in 2016. He was placed on probation for distribution of child pornography. 

A University of Nebraska Athletic Department spokesperson released a statement to NBC Bay Area on Monday.

"Last fall we were contacted by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln police department and made aware that officials in California were interested in interviewing Maurice Washington about a prior incident. Details were not shared and there was no additional follow up with the Nebraska Athletic Department. Recently, we were made aware that charges may be filed against Maurice in California. We have not had a chance to review the charges, and will continue to monitor this ongoing legal process."

Washington's attorney, John C. Ball, issued a statement Sunday.

"This is a situation involving an inappropriate cell phone video. 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 played in 11 games as a freshman for the Huskers this season.

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