LINCOLN — Nebraska running back Maurice Washington is set for his second appearance in a California court for charges filed against him in February.
At Monday’s Santa Clara County court appearance, Washington will identify his legal counsel, according to the court agenda. The hearing is set for 9 a.m. PDT.
At an initial court appearance in April, Washington pleaded not guilty to a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge that stem from an alleged March 2018 text that Washington sent to a girl that purportedly included an old video of the girl, then 15, performing oral sex. The felony charge is possession of a video of a person under 18 engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. The misdemeanor charge is sharing a recording without the person’s consent.
Washington was not in the video and didn’t record the video, which was recorded in 2016.
Washington, entering his sophomore year at Nebraska, and the girl dated in ninth grade at a California high school. But last year, when Washington was a senior at Trinity Christian near Dallas, they started communicating through Instagram.
The girl wanted to congratulate Washington for signing with Nebraska. According to a Santa Clara County sheriff’s investigator report, Washington began making romantic advances. The girl said she just wanted to be friends.
Washington then allegedly texted the video to the girl and wrote, “Remember this hoe.” Santa Clara County prosecutors filed charges Feb. 13, two days after a California TV station aired a report featuring the girl’s family and their situation.
The Nebraska athletic department has said no athletic officials, including coach Scott Frost, were aware of the specifics of the investigation until the TV station requested comment Feb. 9. Authorities called to speak with Washington last fall — during the football season — and Nebraska introduced Washington to former Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning to represent him.
Bruning is a longtime friend of Frost and Matt Davison, an associate athletic director at NU. Bruning did represent Washington until Lincoln attorney John Ball took over in February.
Ball doesn’t have a license to practice in California, so an attorney with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office served as a stand-in for Ball at the April hearing. The purpose of Monday’s court date is to identify the attorney who will represent him in California.
A spokesman for the Santa Clara County Court said in April that Washington may not have to attend Monday’s hearing, though Husker football players after completing finals were likely to have a week off before reporting in mid-May for offseason conditioning.
Washington was a limited participant in spring practice and didn’t play in Nebraska’s spring game.
“Overall, I think Maurice has done a good job trying to stick to the norm and what practice he has done, he’s looked good,” Frost said April 10. “We’re going to sit back and let the process play out and see where it lands.”