LINCOLN — Nebraska running back Maurice Washington is scheduled to have his third hearing in a California court on Wednesday.
According to court documents, Washington, 19, is accused of texting a 10-second video of a former girlfriend performing oral sex to that girl in March 2018. The girl was 15 years old when the video was recorded in 2016. Washington did not record the video and did not take part in the sex act.
The hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT in Santa Clara County Court, is a “preliminary examination hearing.” A court spokesperson said it was a plea hearing.
Washington is charged with felony possession of a video of a person under 18 engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. He is also charged with a misdemeanor of sharing the video without the girl’s consent.
In May, Washington had a public defender appointed to defend him since his counsel in Nebraska, John Ball, is not licensed to practice in California.
Then, on June 4, Washington was cited on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia when campus police received a call about the odor of marijuana emanating from his dorm room. Police said no marijuana was found, but there was marijuana residue in a pipe that was in Washington’s possession. NU’s athletic department said it was aware of the situation and handling it internally.
The incident in California came to light in February when charges were filed against Washington. The Nebraska athletic department learned in September that an investigator in California was trying to get in contact with Washington, but NU said it did not learn of the nature of the allegations until February.
Washington was listed as a “limited participant” throughout spring practices and did not play in the spring game.
“We’re trying to keep him in as normal of a routine as a student-athlete as we can,” NU coach Scott Frost said in March. “In the meantime, anytime anyone behaves in a way that isn’t consistent with the values of our team or our university, they run the risk of losing playing time or putting their status with the team in jeopardy.”
Nebraska has not commented on Washington’s playing status for next season. He’s expected to be a key contributor in the backfield along with newcomer Dedrick Mills, who transferred from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. True freshmen Rahmir Johnson recently arrived on campus, and other running backs already in the program include Jaylin Bradley, Wyatt Mazour and Brody Belt, among others.
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