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A former college basketball player is accused of raping a woman in his dorm room after bringing her home from an off-campus party in Pittsburgh, court records show.
Nick Washington, 19, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was kicked off the men’s basketball team at Duquesne University on Sept. 2, one day after the victim reported the assault to police, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The woman, according to court records obtained by the newspaper, told cops that Washington “showed interest in her” after she recognized him from the university’s basketball team while at the party with a friend. The woman and her friend then went with Washington and one of his pals to Duquesne’s campus, where she later got separated from her friend while inside a residence hall.
Since her cellphone was running out of power, the woman told police she asked Washington for a charger, prompting him to take her to his room. Once inside, Washington forced her to perform sex acts before holding her down and raping her. The woman did not consent and told Washington to stop, but he refused, she told police, according to a criminal complaint.
The assault only ended when the victim received a text message on her cellphone from her friend, she reported to police.
University officials declined to comment on the case when reached by The Post.
“The University has been made aware of the issue,” university spokeswoman Bridget Fare wrote in an email. “Federal privacy laws prohibit us from discussing individual student matters. [The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act] protects certain student information, including disciplinary actions. However, all students are subject to the University’s student conduct and Title X policies and procedures.”
Washington was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful restraint.
Washington’s attorney, Casey White, told the Post-Gazette that his client — who is in custody at the Allegheny County Jail after being arrested Monday — denies “any and all wrongdoing” in the rape, claiming that any sexual encounter between Washington and the alleged victim was consensual. Washington is due in court for a preliminary hearing Nov. 9, the Post-Gazette reports.
“Nick Washington did not rape anyone or commit any of the crimes that are alleged to have occurred,” White told the newspaper.
Washington was not listed on the Duquesne basketball team roster as of Monday, according to the team’s website. Messages seeking additional comment from athletic director Dave Harper were not immediately returned.