Assistant Boone County prosecutor Andrea Hayes said that a single count of felony deviate sexual assault was filed against Washington, a senior from Raymore, Mo., and the Tigers’ rushing leader the past two seasons.
Coach Gary Pinkel suspended Washington last week without disclosing details. Boone County court documents show Washington had been served with a protection order in late June and accused of sexual assault by a former Missouri tutor.
A campus detective’s probable cause statement filed Monday says Washington entered the woman’s closed bedroom while visiting her roommate and allegedly assaulted the woman while she slept.
A July hearing was delayed at the woman’s request and the case appeared dormant after both Washington and the alleged victim failed to show up for the rescheduled hearing. But prosecutors continued to investigate and Washington’s family has hired an attorney.
Washington’s legal troubles didn’t prevent him from being named one of four team captains in July while also getting a school-paid trip to Dallas for the Big 12 Conference’s annual preseason media gathering.
Before the charge was announced, Pinkel said that he is “kind of embarrassed” by a series of off-field problems involving the Tigers.
“We’ve worked hard to develop and build a program that has a very good reputation of being first-class and disciplined,” Pinkel said as Missouri prepared to open its season against Illinois on Saturday in St. Louis. “We’ve taken a few hits.”
The latest occurred Sunday with the early morning arrest of reserve tight end and long snapper Beau Brinkley, who was charged by state troopers with driving while intoxicated. That came one week after reserve linebacker Will Ebner’s arrest _ and several weeks after assistant coach Bruce Walker’s arrest _ for possible drunken-driving violations.
“For 10 years, I’ve never discussed anything (related to) discipline,” he said.
School policy says that athletes charged with a felony cannot return to the field until the case is resolved. With a Sept. 23 arraignment hearing, Washington will miss the Tigers’ first three games, if not more.
Later Monday, speaking to more than 200 Missouri boosters in the Tiger Quarterback Club, Pinkel acknowledged that Washington would not play against Illinois, though he never mentioned the player by name. Instead, Pinkel named sophomore Kendial Lawrence and De’Vion Moore as likely starters, with true freshmen Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy also expected to see playing time.View Entire Story
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