Jury acquits Michigan State basketball great Mateen Cleaves on rape charges
Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves has been acquitted on all charges in his rape case by a jury of his peers, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
Cleaves faced up to 15 years in prison if he was convicted of unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to commit sexual penetrations and criminal sexual conduct. The charges stem from an alleged incident in 2015.
The trial lasted two weeks and the closing arguments were made on Tuesday afternoon. A jury came to a verdict after 90 minutes of deliberation. Cleaves was acquitted on all charges. He was charged with four felony counts.
The woman who pressed charges against Cleaves claimed that the two met at a charity golf event in September 2015. They then drank at a bar together and then traveled to the Knights Inn later in the evening. It’s there where the woman claims that she was assaulted by Cleaves.
Video surveillance showed the woman leaving the hotel room twice and Cleaves bringing her back, according to the Detroit Free Press. Cleaves’ defense team said there was sexual content between the two.
Cleaves gained fame on the basketball court in East Lansing, helping Michigan State winning a national championship in the 1999-2000 season.