COLUMBIA — Missouri tailback Derrick Washington's arraignment has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 after he was charged with deviate sexual assault, a class C felony.
Assistant Boone County Prosecutor Andrea Hayes said Monday the decision to charge Washington with a felony was reached after an investigation by her office into the allegations that he sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman in June at the Campus View apartment complex.
A warrant for Washington's arrest was ordered, and according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Washington turned himself in to police at 2:08 p.m. Monday. He was then released on $4,500 bond.
Deviate sexual assault, according to Missouri law, involves sexual contact without intercourse and without consent. The legal definition is graphic but can be found in Missouri Revised Statutes 566.010.
Washington's lawyers, in a statement, said Washington didn't know about the order of protection against him. The temporary order was issued after the woman accused him of sexual assault. The order was dismissed when neither party showed up for a July 21 hearing that would have determined whether a full order of protection was to be issued.
The statement said Washington was never served or told about the order.
Attorney Bogdan Susan, of Holder, Susan and Slusher, said Washington will most likely file a written entry of appearance and a plea of not guilty, and will not appear in court.
“There is a possibility he’ll be there," Susan said, "if we decide to do more than just arraignment.”
Hayes, the assistant prosecutor, said she had not talked to Washington since charges were filed. She would not say if she had met with Washington's attorneys.
A class C felony carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail. Hayes said that she had not decided what sentence the prosecutor's office would seek.
Washington has been suspended indefinitely from the football team. MU policy states that a student-athlete who has been charged with a felony cannot compete with his or her team until the matter is resolved.
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel spoke about the charges against Washington during the Tiger football team's media day Monday afternoon.
"We've had some mistakes and we've taken some hits," Pinkel said. "I'm responsible for that."
Kelsey McQuade and Will Guldin contributed to this report.