The season-ending ACL tear that Maurice Watson Jr. suffered in January has suddenly become the least of his problems.
That's because on Wednesday — which was also his 24th birthday — the Creighton University senior point guard was charged with first-degree sexual assault of a female classmate.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Watson Jr. appeared alongside his parents in court on Wednesday to waive his preliminary hearing. That and Douglas County Judge John Huber, said that there was enough evidence for this case to go to trial.
That evidence includes his 19-year-old accuser's blood-stained underwear, which she said has Watson Jr.'s DNA on it. Watson Jr. is accused of allegedly forcing his victim to perform oral sex on him, before raping her in a bathroom of a home on February 4.
Douglas County prosecutor Beth Beninato told the court that the woman's underwear was sent for analysis to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and that DNA evidence did "substantiate the victim's account," as reported by the newspaper. She added that the woman's vaginal injuries spell "non-consensual penetration."
While the alleged victim's name is being kept anonymous, she did write the following statement as part of her protection order against Watson Jr.: “I am scared and have a lot of fear that I will be contacted by him or on his behalf in the near future."
Watson Jr. was bailed out of jail last Friday on a $75,000 bond. A judge could decide whether to grant his request to live with his parents in Philadelphia during an upcoming hearing of the case.
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