COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) –  Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington joked about a sexual encounter with a former tutor who says she was sexually assaulted by him in her sleep, prosecutors said Tuesday at the start of his trial.

Washington jokingly made a crude remark about the encounter to the ex-tutor’s roommate, a woman with whom the one-time Tiger co-captain had a casual sexual relationship, assistant Boone County prosecutor Andrea Hayes told jurors during her opening statement in Washington’s trial on a felony charge of deviate sexual assault.

One of Washington’s attorneys, Chris Slusher, however, denied that Washington had any sort of sexual encounter with the woman and said the assault accusations were made up by the woman and her roommate.

Washington was Missouri’s leading rusher as a sophomore and junior before the accusations surfaced in the summer of 2010.

He was allowed to keep his scholarship after being kicked off the team by Missouri coach Gary Pinkel days before the start of what would have been his senior season.

Washington soon withdrew from school and moved home to Kansas City.

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 identified by name in court, but The Associated Press generally does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.

The woman’s moved out-of-state after the incident.

She testified Tuesday that she was asleep in the off-campus apartment she shared with three female Missouri students when an unidentified intruder entered her darkened bedroom on June 18, 2010, and sexually assaulted her.

The assailant did not speak, and the woman said she could not clearly identify him.



Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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