Nebraska running back Maurice Washington's next court date in his ongoing case is scheduled for June 12. That was the result of Monday's hearing in California, which Washington participated in via phone from the office of Lincoln attorney John Ball.
In an email to Hail Varsity, Ball said the purpose of today's hearing was to move the case to June 12, allowing the defense team to time to "complete discovery and continue our discussions regarding possible alternative dispositions." Ball, who is not licensed to practice in California, said the Santa Clara Public Defender's Office will serve as local counsel for Washington as needed.
Washington is accused of sending a video depicting an alleged sexual assault of his former girlfriend to that woman in March of 2018. Because the video was taken two years prior, while the woman was under the age of 18, and Washington sent the video while legally deemed an adult, he is facing a felony charge of distribution of child pornography as well as a misdemeanor charge under California’s “Revenge Porn” law because, it’s alleged, he sent the video to inflict emotional damage on the victim.
Washington entered a not guilty plea on April 10.
"As always, Mr. Washington is cooperating fully in this matter and hopes for a just and speedy result," Ball said. "He continues to appreciate the continued support of the people in his life, and is optimistic about his bright future."
Nebraska's leading returning rusher at running back, Washington had 455 yards on the ground as a true freshman in 2018 and was the Huskers' fourth-leading receiver with 221 yards on 24 catches. He was a limited participant for much of spring practice and did not participate in Nebraska's spring game.