Woman’s blood-soaked underwear backs up claims of rape by Creighton University star

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By EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A woman’s blood soaked underwear allegedly contains DNA evidence that links a Creighton University basketball star to her sexual assault, a court has heard.

Maurice Watson Jr., 24, has been charged with first-degree sexual assault after he was accused of attacking his 19-year-old classmate in Omaha, Nebraska last month.

The 24-year-old was charged with first-degree sexual assault after police issued a warrant for his arrestThe point guard is accused of luring the woman into the bathroom of a home on February 4 where he allegedly forced her to give him oral sex before raping her.

Watson has denied the allegations and claims the sex with the woman was consensual.

He faced Douglas County court on Wednesday, which also happened to be his birthday, where the judge ruled there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial, the Omaha World Herald reports.

Prosecutor Beth Beninato told the court that the alleged victim’s underwear was analyzed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and DNA evidence backs up her accusations.

Beninato added that the woman’s vaginal injuries were consistent with ‘non-consensual penetration’.

The woman reported the incident to police at the Nebraska Medical Center just hours after she was allegedly attacked.

Police issued a warrant for Watson’s arrest on February 24 and he turned himself in two days later. His attorneys said Watson had been driving back to Omaha from Philadelphia at the time.

Watson, who has been sidelined for the season because of a knee injury, has been suspended from all basketball activities at Creighton since February 13

He is out of jail on $75,000 bail, which he posted last week.

His mother Charlena Watson had earlier set up a crowdfunding website to raise money before the website deemed it inappropriate and ordered for it to be removed.

An Instagram account @justiceformauricewatson has since been set up and is believed to run by his cousin.

Watson, who has been sidelined for the season because of a knee injury, has been suspended from all basketball activities at Creighton since February 13.

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