COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Former Missouri running back and team leader Derrick Washington was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a former tutor who said he attacked her in her sleep.
A Boone County Circuit Court jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours after a two-day trial before delivering its verdict late Wednesday afternoon. Washington, who faces a possible seven-year prison sentence, hung his head as jurors individually affirmed their decision. Moments later, in a quiet courtroom where only his family and legal team remained, he sobbed uncontrollably while still seated at the defense table.
The tutor and her former roommate testified that in June 2010 Washington entered the woman’s bedroom while she slept at her off-campus apartment and fondled her without permission. The roommate, also a former tutor for Missouri athletes, had a consensual sexual relationship with Washington.
Washington, a Kansas City prep star, was Missouri’s leading rusher as a sophomore and junior until he was kicked off the team before his senior year after the accusations surfaced. He did not testify in his own defense, and his lawyers and family members declined comment after the verdict.
Washington’s accuser is a 24-year-old Missouri graduate who spent two semesters as his athletic department tutor before the alleged assault. She was publicly identified in court, but The Associated Press generally does not name alleged victims of sexual assault. The woman moved out-of-state after the incident.
Washington was visiting the ex-tutor’s roommate at the time and acknowledged going into the other woman’s room and initiating the sexual encounter, prosecutors said.
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