Nebraska football star faces revenge porn charge in Bay Area


Spurned by an ex-girlfriend, a former South Bay football standout turned University of Nebraska star has been charged with revenge porn, accused of sending her an intimidating text accompanying a sex video taken of her when she was in high school, authorities say.

Maurice Washington III, 19, from San Jose, faces one felony count of child pornography as well as a misdemeanor count of distributing a private sexual video to cause emotional distress, also known as the California’s “revenge porn” law.

Maurice Washington III, pictured after a University of Nebraska football game on Nov. 17, 2018, has been charged in Santa Clara County with trying to intimidate an ex-girlfriend in the Bay Area by sending her a cellphone video of her being sexually assaulted when she was in high school. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and its Sexual Assault Felony Task Force launched the investigation — first reported by NBC Bay Area — after they were contacted by the mother of a woman who dated Washington when they both attended The King’s Academy high school in Sunnyvale. Washington was charged in December.

Clarissa Hamilton, a supervising deputy district attorney for sexual assaults in the county, said that while a search warrant was issued for Washington’s smartphone, an arrest warrant has not been signed and there are currently no plans to extradite Washington back to California.

“We have a lot of young people posting things online nowadays. But the bottom line is that when someone has something unfortunate happen to them and they’re a minor, and someone keeps (evidence of) that, that can cause emotional distress,” Hamilton said Monday. “We think of child porn cases where someone has thousands of images, but even when it’s just one, that is no less egregious for the victim.”

The victim, who was identified as Jane Doe in a search warrant affidavit, reported that she got back in touch with Washington on Instagram in March 2018 to congratulate him on earning a football scholarship at Nebraska. She told detectives that Washington responded by “sexual advances toward” her online, and when she spurned those advances, he became more aggressive so she blocked him on the social-media platform.

According to the affidavit, Washington then sent her a text on March 2 that contained a short video from two years prior of her being sexually assaulted in a minivan when she was 15, accompanied by the message, “Remember this hoe.”

Doe told NBC Bay Area in a statement that the experience has deeply affected her life, and made her distrustful in general.

“I had so many dreams and goals, but my life became focusing on fixing what was broken inside of me…I used to be the type of person that saw the good in everybody, and gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. Now, I don’t let people in because I am so afraid that I will be hurt again,” the victim said.

Detectives wrote that the video was from a sexual encounter involving Doe and two male schoolmates from approximately …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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