Maurice Watson Jr., a 24-year-old basketball player at Creighton University, has been charged with first-degree sexual assault. Watson was accused of attacking a classmate last month.
The Bluejays point guard is accused of forcing a 19-year-old woman into a bathroom where he allegedly made her give him oral sex before raping her. Watson denied the allegations, claiming the sex with the woman was consensual. The alleged incident occurred on February 4 in Omaha, Nebraska.
However, despite Watson denying the claims, the woman’s blood-soaked underwear has been found and allegedly contains DNA evidence that implicates Watson of sexual assault.
He arrived at court with his parents on Wednesday, March 8 — his birthday — and waived his preliminary hearing. Douglas County Judge John Huber ruled that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.
Beninato said in court that underwear from Watson’s 19-year-old accuser was sent to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for analysis, and DNA evidence was found “to substantiate the victim’s account.” Injuries to the woman’s vaginal area corroborate “nonconsensual penetration,” Beninato also said.
A different judge, Douglas County Judge Sheryl Lohaus, granted the woman’s protection order against Watson last Thursday.
Watson was released from jail Friday, March 3 on $75,000 bail.
Watson’s mother, Charlena Watson, set up a crowdfunding website for her son, however, officials deemed it inappropriate and forced her to take it down. Before it was deleted, it raised $6,265.