Maurice Washington

Maurice Washington faces one felony charge and one misdemeanor charge in California.

Husker running back Maurice Washington’s scheduled plea hearing Wednesday was continued to July, a court spokesman said.

Washington, 19, is accused of sending a 10-second video to an ex-girlfriend depicting the girl, then 15, performing oral sex. Washington was not involved in the recording of the video or the sex act.

Washington’s public defender, Andres Del Alcazar, appeared on his behalf Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Benjamin Rada, a spokesman for the court, said a request for more information is pending in the case, prompting the continuation of the hearing until July 25.

The Huskers begin fall practice in the first part of August.

John Ball, Washington’s Lincoln criminal defense attorney, is not licensed in California but continues to communicate with prosecutors and represent Washington while the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office will represent Washington in the courtroom.

Washington faces a felony charge of possession of a video of a person under 18 engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. He also is charged with one misdemeanor count of sharing a recording without the person’s consent.

Sign up for World-Herald news alerts

Be the first to know when news happens. Get the latest breaking headlines sent straight to your inbox.

Authorities said Washington and the girl exchanged texts in March 2018 after the girl congratulated him on going to Nebraska. After she spurned his romantic advances and said she just wanted to be friends, he texted the video, recorded in 2016, to the girl, court documents allege.

On June 4, Washington was cited on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia when campus police received a call about a marijuana smell 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.

While Washington is expected to be a key contributor this season, he was a limited participant in spring practice and didn’t play in Nebraska’s spring game.

Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.