Creighton Basketball Player Faces First-Degree Sexual Assault Charges For Alleged Rape

Ford Springer | Contributor

Creighton University basketball star Maurice Watson is facing allegations of first-degree sexual assault from a 19-year-old student who claims he forced her to perform oral sex and then raped her.

Creighton officials suspended Watson from the basketball team “for an undisclosed violation of university rules” last week, the Omaha World-Herald reports. On Sunday, the university said Watson was banned from campus and is no longer enrolled as a student.

(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Disturbing details of the sexual assault allegations were revealed in Watson’s bail hearing on Monday.

The female student claimed that after another girl refused his sexual advances at an apartment gathering of about six people, Watson took her into a bathroom where the alleged assault occurred.

Douglas County prosecutor Beth Beninato claims Watson “pressed the woman up against a sink, lowered his pants and forced her to perform oral sex on him,” according to the Omaha World-Herald. “He then turned her around, pushed her against a wall, pulled down her pants and raped her.”

After leaving the apartmetn, the young woman visited the Nebraska Medical Center. Medical staff at the hospital discovered a cut to her vagina “consistent with nonconsensual sex,” Beninato said in the hearing Monday.

(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Watson suffered a season-ending knee injury in January. His attorney’s argued the judge should allow him to return to Philadelphia, where his parents live, so he could continue his rehabilitation from his recent knee surgery.

The six witnesses who were present at the apartment during the Feb. 4 incident have conflicting reports of what happened between Watson and the young woman, with some claiming she led him into the bathroom where the alleged rape happened.

Judge John Huber set Watson’s bail at $750,000. The former Creighton basketball star must come up with 10 percent of that, $75,000, in order to leave jail.

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