Attorney: Maurice Watson has turned himself in after warrant for sexual assault
Creighton point guard Maurice Watson Jr., who was issued a felony arrest warrant for first-degree sexual assault, has turned himself in.
His attorney Mallory Hughes said Watson turned himself in on Sunday afternoon. The announcement that Watson was in custody came shortly after the Omaha Police released a statement saying Watson was avoiding being arrested.
"At this point in time, Mr. Watson is dodging law enforcement efforts to arrest him," the Omaha Police Department said in the statement released Sunday afternoon. "Until he is located and arrested by law enforcement, or turns himself in, the entire Douglas County Court system is operating off of Mr. Watson's time frame."
Watson is being investigated for the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman that took place on February 4. The police and U.S. Marshals Service had been seeking him since Thursday.
Watson was recently in Philadelphia to rehab a knee injury. On Sunday, Hughes said Watson and his family had been en route to Omaha since Friday but were delayed because of a snow storm and the necessity of stopping frequently to care for Watson's injury.
“He was never dodging the police,” Hughes said.
His attorneys have also denied the allegations against him.
Last week, Creighton suspended Watson from all athletic-related activities and said he will not be participating in Senior Day activities.