California judge has signed an arrest warrant for Nebraska, back in Morris Washington, his lawyer said on Thursday, while university officials said the athletic department did not know the exact allegations against the player during the football season. accused in California in December of owning and distributing a video of a former girlfriend who had been sexually assaulted by another two in 2016 when she was 15 years old.
He will surrender to the authorities and appear in court in California to avoid arrest, said his lawyer, John S. Ball.
Washington is suspected of storing the video on its mobile phone and sending it to the victim in March last year. He is accused of having a video or photo of a person under the age of 1
Ball emphasized that Washington was not involved in the alleged assault.
"Mr. Washington has absolutely nothing to do with the alleged sexual violence," says a statement by Ball. "The young woman in this case does not even claim that the recorded incident was sexual violence and unconsciously until she claimed to have received the video from Washington, years after the alleged assault, girlfriend and girlfriend in eighth grade, and communications years later Without all the facts, any judgment of something in this case is premature and will be based only on speculation and assumptions, supposedly innocent
Also Thursday, athletic department officials at Nebraska said that they are related to Washington with hell who was a friend of Scott Frost, but that school did nothing wrong and coaches last fall were not aware of the exact allegations of child pornography that the player faced
Investigators in California and Nebraska were in contact September with Washington attorney at the time, John Brunning, a former general attorney in Nebraska, now in private practice, though not usually with criminal defense. Last week, Brunning directed Washington to Bal, a lawyer in criminal matters, after learning that the charges were under consideration.
According to a statement from Nebraska, coaches and athletics officials knew that California investigators wanted to talk to Washington, it fell off that they could not reveal the nature of the investigation because of a lawyer-client privilege. Brunning told Frost that he doubted the investigation would lead to criminal charges.
Nebraska also denied committing crimes by pointing Washington to Bruning. The papers published on Wednesday by the Santa Clara County Supreme Court, according to which Brunning said they were "sought out by members of the athletic department," but the school said it was for reference only. and Washington, that Washington had to be treated as a normal client and properly charged, "the University said in a statement, adding that Brunning had a" longstanding friendship "with Frost and associate athletic director and colleague former team mate Matt Davison.
The NCAA usually allows athletes to direct athletes to lawyers, but the athlete must be the one who starts contacting the attorney. In such a case, this would violate the NCAA rules if the school pays court fees to the athlete; and the rules generally prohibit attorneys from offering special discounts or professional work to athletes if such a bid is not available to non-athletes.
"I was familiar with Morris Washington's football team last fall," Brunning said on ESPN Thursday. "I was told that the Chief Prosecutor's Office in Nebraska had called at various locations at the University for Mr. Washington and wanted to question him . I told Maurice that he probably needed a lawyer to help him. a letter of commitment and payment of this service to avoid problems with the NCAA. The football staff confirmed that we have to do everything on the book and ensure that it does not get any extra benefit. follow to protect the university, the coaches and the admissibility of Mr. Washington.
Brunning is attracted to the case after Ed Sexton, who works in the Cabinet of Nebraska Chief Prosecutor, spoke with official athletes Jamie Won. Sexton writes that Vaughn told him that the football staff "wanted to know what was going on and wanted to talk to Washington." Football coaches were also concerned that Washington needed a lawyer
Bruning said on Wednesday he never told anyone at the university about the nature of the potential charges. California authorities asked Sexton to seek an interview with Washington
According to court documents obtained from the Associated Press, Sexton said he had contacted Nebraska and was summoned first by Vaughn, and then on 14 September by Bruning. 19659002] "The nature of the case was revealed, and I realized Brunning would talk to Washington and his coaches, and then tell me if or when I can interview Washington," Sexton wrote. "I do not expect to be allowed to interview Washington."
Five days later, the court documents say that Sexton called Brunning, who told Sexton that Washington had told him he had no idea of the video accusations.
Week of September, Washington began its first season and was about to become the third leading team of the team. They repeated calls and sent text to Washington, which had no answer.
Judicial documents show that the case has been weak throughout the season and there is no indication that Washington has been interviewed. On December 14, Brunning received copies of search orders from the sheriff's office in Santa Clara County, California.
"Since I have not heard from [Santa Clara County Sheriff’s investigator Colin Haselbach] three months, I called him that day and his behavior in this conversation could best be described as hostile and unprofessional," Brunning told ESPN. "He was questioning me about the case , threatened that my client would be arrested and insisted that he should be able to talk to my client, even though the fifth amendment to the Constitution keeps us silent. I told him I was going to examine his request. "
Bruning said he did not hear any of the investigators then, until a reporter told him last week that Washington was accused, and at that moment he passed on the case Brunning also said he had never heard the video he described as rape or raid until the news broke out on Monday and he appeared in 11 games and started off against Ohio and Iowa, finishing 455 yards quick and 221 yards getting
The information from Paula Lavine from ESPN and the Associated Press was used in this report