Husker notes: Husker running back Maurice Washington cited on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia

Husker notes: Husker running back Maurice Washington cited on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia
Maurice Washington faces one felony charge and one misdemeanor charge in California. BRENDAN SULLIVAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Husker running back Maurice Washington was cited on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia after UNL police say they found him with a marijuana pipe.

Washington was cited and released. The charge is a misdemeanor.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning when UNL police were called to Washington’s dorm after an in-house security officer smelled marijuana in the hallway, said Sgt. Douglas Petersen of UNL Police. The call to University Suites, 1780 R St., came in at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, Petersen said.

Petersen said no marijuana was found, but there was marijuana residue in the pipe and the pipe was in Washington’s possession.

The next step in the legal process will be a court date, Petersen said.

A Nebraska athletics spokesperson said “We are aware of the situation and are addressing it.”

Washington also faces charges in California — one felony and one misdemeanor — for a separate incident in which he faces allegations that he forwarded a video of a minor performing a sex act.

Washington, 19, is accused of texting a 10-second video of a former girlfriend performing oral sex to that girl in March 2018. The girl was 15 years old when the video was recorded in 2016. Washington did not record the video and did not take part in the sex act.

The felony charge he faces is possession of a video of a person under 18 engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. The misdemeanor charge Washington faces is sharing a recording without the person’s consent.

Washington next is scheduled to be in court June 12 to enter a plea in the California case.

Washington was a limited participant in the Huskers’ spring practices and didn’t play in Nebraska’s spring game. Washington played in 11 games with two starts during his freshman season in 2018. He ran for 455 yards and three touchdowns.

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon contributed to this report.

Nebraska safety C.J. Smith enters transfer portal

Husker safety C.J. Smith has entered the transfer portal, a source confirmed to The World-Herald on Tuesday.

CJ Smith is the second 2018 safety signee to leave the program, joining Cam Jones. Both were four-star recruits.

Smith was the first recruit to commit to Scott Frost at Nebraska. He played in two games as a true freshman in 2018 before suffering a season-ending injury against Northwestern.