During a Thursday hearing, prosecutors claimed that police drove former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves home from a motel after he allegedly committed sexual assault. The police left the victim to find her own way home.
The former Michigan State and NBA guard is currently charged with sexual assault following a September 2015 incident following a charity golf tournament.
According to the prosecution, Cleaves took the victim to a motel room after the tournament, held her against her will, and sexually assaulted her. The woman allegedly tried to escape the room on two occasions, but he caught her and dragged her back to the room.
A police affidavit notes that surveillance footage confirms the victim’s account.
On Thursday, prosecutors were arguing to limit questions from Cleaves’ attorney into the mental health history of the victim when she made the claim that he was driven home while she was left to fend for herself. The judge in the case denied the motion, citing the fact that the victim was not transported to the hospital for a rape kit when she notified responding officers that she was raped.
One of the responding officers in the case, Brian Ogle, has filed a separate lawsuit claiming he was disciplined by the Mundy Township Police Department when he refused to portray Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault. He was suspended for two days without pay following the incident.
As for Cleaves, he is currently charged with multiple felony counts, including unlawful imprisonment and criminal sexual conduct. He is currently free on bond.