Creighton basketball star Maurice Watson Jr. is being held on a $750,000 bond for first degree sexual assault. The prosecution alleges that on February 4th, Watson sexually assaulted a 19 year old female Creighton student inside a home at 33rd and Poppleton Street in Omaha. Omaha defense attorney Bill Gallup is not defending Watson but has some insight as to how the system works and explains why the bond was set so high.
Gallup says, “At a bond hearing, unlike other stages of a criminal trial, there is no presumption of innocence. The defendant is presumed guilty for purposes of a bond hearing. The judge looks at this person and sets a bond he thinks is necessary to guarantee he will appear in court.”
Watson had knee surgery last month and was in Philadelphia receiving treatment and going through rehab. Watson’s attorney, Stu Dornan denies the charges and asked a judge to consider GPS monitoring so Watson can return to Philadelphia to continue physical therapy on his injured knee.
Prosecutors want Watson to stay in Omaha to keep this case moving. Watson must post $75,000 to get out of jail. His preliminary hearing is set for March 27th. At this time Watson remains behind bars.