A Husker football player is headed to trial, accused of flashing his penis at a female student last year while she worked at a campus convenience store.
Judge Gale Pokorny on Friday ordered Avery Moss, 18, to stand trial in July on charges that he entered a University of Nebraska-Lincoln convenience store on the afternoon of Dec. 15 and exposed his penis twice to a 22-year-old employee, said UNL Assistant Police Chief Todd Duncan.
Moss came into the Knoll C-Store at Selleck Hall a third time that afternoon, but the woman turned away because he’d already flashed her twice, Duncan said.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Moss is a top contender to start at defensive end in 2013, according to the Huskers.com.
Coach Bo Pelini said he was aware of the charges against Moss but declined to say more.
Moss, who graduated from Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., played three games for the Huskers last year before injuring his shoulder, having surgery and getting a medical hardship to retain four years of eligibility.
The store clerk, who was a student at the time of the alleged incident, told police about the incident four days later, Duncan said. The clerk didn’t know Moss was a football player, but identified him as the man who flashed her.
Officers checked out university surveillance footage, which backed up the woman’s account, Duncan said. They found Moss and cited him for disturbing the peace and public indecency.
“We feel like this was an intentional act,” Duncan said.
Prosecutors charged Moss with two misdemeanors — public indecency and disturbing the peace — and the Husker pleaded not guilty.
“We stand on our plea of not guilty,” said Brad Roth, Moss’ lawyer. “You gotta remember this young man is presumed innocent.”
If convicted, Moss faces up to nine months in jail, plus a $1,500 fine. He also faces a third misdemeanor for not showing up in court, which could land him another three months in jail and a $500 fine.