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Mateen Cleaves arraigned in sexual assault case

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Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves has been charged and arraigned in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

According to the Wayne County prosecutor's office, on Sept. 14, 2015, Cleaves was at a charity golf outing with the victim, her boyfriend and several coworkers. 

After the outing, the group went to a local bar. At 1 a.m. on Sept. 15, they left the bar. The victim's boyfriend gave a friend a ride home.

The victim, thinking they would return to the golf club, rode with Cleaves, who then, according to the victim, took her to a motel against her will and sexually assaulted her.

The 24-year-old Mt. Morris woman was able to escape from the room after getting help from a woman in a nearby room, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said.

The case was investigated by the Mundy Township Police Department.

On Oct. 23, 2015, the case was transferred to the Wayne County prosecutor's office after Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton brought concerns about a possible conflict of interest with a potential witness in the case.

On March 15, Cleaves was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.

Frank Manley, Cleaves' attorney called the allegations outrageous and false and said he finds the timing very suspicious with the charges coming down on the eve of March Madness.

Cleaves was arraigned March 16 for the charges listed above, despite an arraignment date originally being set for March 17.

Prosecutor Worthy said,” I don't know how they do things in Genesee County but we try our best to be as transparent as possible when my office is involved. There was an agreement with all of the parties that the defendant would turn himself in and be arraigned in open court‎ tomorrow - not for him to have a back door arraignment. The public has a right to know and frankly, I am extremely disappointed that this was handled so clandestinely today. I hope this is not a precursor of things to come.

 Cleave's bond was set at $150,000 and he was ordered to surrender his passport.

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