OMAHA, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletics department says it was notified last fall that California authorities wanted to question Husker running back Maurice Washington III about a prior incident, but only recently learned they involved allegations of “revenge porn.” Washington III faces charges in California, accused of sending an explicit video of a former girlfriend’s alleged sexual assault, according to a report first posted by NBCBayArea.com.
Washington faces possible prosecution under California’s new “revenge porn” law. He is accused of keeping video of an alleged assault two years ago involving a 15-year old girl, and then sending it to the girl last year. Washington is not accused of taking part in the assault, or recording the video himself, according to the report. The California law makes it illegal to send video with the intent of inflicting emotional damage. Because the alleged victim is 15, Washington also could face a felony charge of distribution of child pornography, according to the report. Washington is a native of Stockton, California. The University released this statement yesterday. “Last fall we were contacted by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln police department and made aware that officials in California were interested in interviewing Maurice Washington about a prior incident. Details were not shared and there was no additional follow up with the Nebraska Athletic Department. Recently, we were made aware that charges may be filed against Maurice in California. We have not had a chance to review the charges, and will continue to monitor this ongoing legal process.”