Former Duquesne basketball player charged with rape

PITTSBURGH — A former Duquesne University basketball player is accused of raping a woman in a dorm room on campus.

Nick Washington, 19, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful restraint.

The victim told police that she met Washington at a party on Sept. 1. She and a friend went to campus with one of Washington’s friends and got separated at the dorm, according to a criminal complaint.

Washington was arrested on campus Monday and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.


Upon asking Washington if he had a phone charger she could use, the victim was led into his dorm room, where she was raped, the complaint said.

The assault stopped when the victim’s friend texted her, according to the complaint.

"Nick Washington did not rape anybody. He did not commit the crimes that he is accused of," said his attorney, Casey White. "This was a consensual encounter between two adults and we look forward to step one, which will be the preliminary hearing."

Washington has been kicked off the Duquesne basketball team and White believes he has been suspended from the university.

Duquesne University spokeswoman Bridget Fare told Channel 11 she couldn't discuss the specifics of the case but she sent Channel 11 a statement: "Verbal, nonverbal or physical sexual misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated."

Washington is facing felony rape charges and the judge gave him a $75,000 straight cash bond.

"People now are not sweeping it under the rug, or colleges realize this is happening and we need to respond to this," said Alison Hall, with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.