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      February 27, 2017

      Former Creighton Standout Maurice Watson Charged with Rape

      Last Wednesday, Creighton University announced that Maurice Watson had been suspended for an undisclosed violation of school rules. The senior had not been with the team since February 6 surgery to repair a torn ACL, anyway. On Thursday, authorities in Omaha issued a warrant for his arrest, charging Watson with first degree sexual assault following a February 4 incident with a 19-year old student near campus. Watson turned himself in Sunday afternoon, at which point Creighton announced that he was banned from campus and no longer enrolled. Today, details of the assault were released, and they are gruesome.

      Attorneys for both Watson and his accuser were in court for a bail hearing where the prosecution laid out the allegations against him. Before assaulting the victim in this case, he grabbed one woman's hand and tried to make her touch his crotch, while asking if she wanted to touch his penis. She quickly left.

      At that point, Watson turned his attention to the 19-year-old woman. He said he wanted to talk to her. He then led her into a bathroom, shutting the door behind him and standing in front of the door.

      He pressed the woman up against a sink, lowered his pants and forced her to perform oral sex on him. He then turned her around, pushed her against a wall, pulled down her pants and raped her.

      Watson left the bathroom and the apartment. The woman began bleeding. Another woman in the apartment came to the 19-year-old woman's aid, helping her clean up blood from her legs and the floor of the bathroom.

      After a couple hours, the victim went to the Nebraska Medical Center and staff found injuries consistent with nonconsensual sex. Watson denied the allegations and claims that the two have had consensual sex before (which is, obviously, irrelevant).

      Bail was set at $75,000.

      [Omaha World-Herald]

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