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Judge denies two motions in Mateen Cleaves case

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The case against former Michigan State star Mateen Cleaves continued Thursday as a judge denied two motions filed by the defense.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's office charged Cleaves back in March. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old Mt. Morris woman at a motel on Sept. 15, 2015, following a charity golf event.

On Aug. 25, a judge denied Cleaves' lawyer's request to disqualify Prosecutor Kym Worthy. They accused her of trying to build her celebrity image using the case.

"At this point the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is not disqualified," Judge Cathy Dowd said.

Dowd explained there was a lack of the specific prejudice needed for disqualification.

A judge also denied the defense's request to have the alleged victim undergo a psychological evaluation.

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.

Attorney Frank Manley called into question the timing of the charges which he said were announced to coincide with the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.

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