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Husker running back Maurice Washington is facing charges in California under the state's "revenge porn" law, in addition to a child porn charge, for allegedly sending his former girlfriend a video of her being sexually assaulted.

Washington allegedly sent the years-old video to the woman in March after she sent him a message on social media.

Washington, an 18-year-old native of San Jose, California, in his freshman year at Nebraska, is not shown in the video and did not record it, his attorney said.

In an interview with television station KNTV, the NBC affiliate in the Bay Area, the woman, who was 15 when the video was recorded, said she didn't report the incident between her and two 17-year-old, male classmates as a rape at the time. But she now says what is depicted wasn't consensual.

She said she and Washington dated during his freshman year at The King’s Academy High School in Sunnyvale, California.

"This is a situation involving an inappropriate cellphone video," Washington's attorney John Ball said Monday in a statement to the Journal Star.

Ball said the incident is alleged to have taken place in California several years ago.

"The narrative put forth today is that Mr. Washington used a video as a weapon to re-victimize his former high school girlfriend. That is not true," the attorney said. "Without a doubt, Mr. Washington had absolutely nothing to do with that sexual assault."

The Nebraska Athletic Department on Monday acknowledged that it was contacted by the Nebraska Attorney General's office and University police last fall in relation to California officials wanting to interview Washington.

"Details were not shared and there was no additional follow up with the Nebraska Athletic Department," according to the statement issued Monday. "Recently, we were made aware that charges may be filed against Maurice in California. We have not had a chance to review the charges, and will continue to monitor this ongoing legal process.”

Under California's penal code, "revenge porn" is the intentional distribution of the image of an identifiable person depicted in a sex act when the person distributing it knows the image will cause serious emotional distress.

It is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine.

Washington also is accused of distribution of child pornography, a felony, for sending the video, because it was of a 15-year-old girl.

Ball said Washington has been fully cooperative with authorities and is "in the process of making arrangements to move forward and resolve this matter."

He didn't elaborate but said there are additional facts and circumstances that give context and perspective to the situation.

"Mr. Washington has confidence in our justice system, and knows that he can rely on the fundamental constitutional rights of due process and the presumption of innocence," Ball said.

Suzanne Gage, a spokeswoman with the Nebraska Attorney General's office, said that a detective from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office contacted the office in August asking them to try to seek a statement from Washington about the allegation.

"Our investigator reached out to UNL to get contact information and called Mr. Washington a couple of times but never made direct contact with him," she said.

Gage said they ultimately were contacted by Washington's legal counsel at the time, former Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who said Washington declined to make a statement.

Bruning didn't return a request for comment from the Journal Star on Monday.

Last fall, Washington played in 11 games and made two starts. He rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns, and was the team's third-leading receiver with 24 catches for 224 yards.

Washington was not cleared academically until Aug. 1, so he first joined the team during the second day of preseason camp.

He signed with Nebraska on Feb. 7, 2018, during a ceremony televised nationally by ESPN as part of its National Signing Day coverage.

Washington had a tumultuous high school experience. He began at The King’s Academy before leaving that school and enrolling at Oak Grove in San Jose. Washington never played football at Oak Grove because he was ruled ineligible due to the circumstances around his transfer. Then he left California and played his senior year at Trinity Christian in the Dallas area.

Before he could finish school there, though, he was expelled and moved back to California.

Once at Nebraska, he wowed teammates and coaches almost immediately, drawing preseason praise from head coach Scott Frost and others.

“We’re glad to have Mo. He had a long road to get here,” Frost said on Aug. 10. “But he’s had probably a dozen big plays, spectacular plays already in this camp. He’s definitely opening some eyes and I think he’s got a bright future here. …”

NU officials on Monday afternoon said Frost would have no further comment.

Staff writer Parker Gabriel contributed to this report.

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