Husker running back Maurice Washington pleaded not guilty Wednesday to both charges he faces in a California court case in which he is accused of sending a 10-second video of a sex act to the girl who was in the video.
Washington appeared in a Santa Clara County courtroom for the first time Wednesday afternoon. He returned to the state in March after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
Washington on Wednesday acknowledged the charges against him and entered an initial plea of not guilty to one felony charge and one misdemeanor charge. The charges stemmed 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.
“Mr. Washington did appear in court in California today, continuing his active and responsible role in bringing this matter to a close,” John Ball, Washington’s attorney, said in a statement. “He will continue to be fully cooperative, and recognizes that this process will take time and requires patience and persistence. He is grateful that all of his family, friends and supporters are also committed to standing with him to the conclusion of this matter.”
Washington doesn’t appear in the video and didn’t record it.
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’s next hearing will be May 13 — after NU’s spring semester — said Benjamin Rada, a spokesman for Santa Clara County Superior Court. The purpose of the hearing will be to determine which attorney will be representing him.