A Houston police detective believes Deshaun Watson committed crimes after investigating 10 criminal complaints against him, according to USA Today, which obtained a copy of a pretrial deposition for a civil litigation against the quarterback. Cleveland Browns guard.
Detective Kamesha Baker also said she expressed that opinion to the Harris County prosecutor’s office, but was not called to testify before a grand jury in Harris County, Texas. That grand jury in March did not indict Watson on sexual harassment charges, nor did a second grand jury in Brazoria County two weeks later.
According to the report, Baker said she believed Watson had committed indecent assault, sexual assault and prostitution in instances where money was exchanged for consensual sex.
According to the deposition, per USA Today, Baker was asked if she was satisfied there was enough evidence to pursue those charges.
“Yes,” Baker said, according to the newspaper.
When asked in the deposition if there was any doubt that a crime had been committed, Baker replied “no”.
Watson is currently being sued by 24 women accusing him of sexual misconduct during massages given in 2020 and 2021. Eight of the women have also filed complaints with Houston police regarding the 26-year-old’s conduct. Two other women not currently suing Watson in the civil case have also filed complaints.
Baker met with district attorney Johna Stallings at the district attorney’s office, according to the report, and said she found the complaints “credible and reliable” and said in the deposition, “That’s why we issued a warrant stating that ‘they were credible and reliable’.
Watson’s legal team, meanwhile, continued to maintain that the former Texans quarterback is innocent and noted that Baker admitted to believing the women initially and thus created an unfair presumption of guilt.
“The presumption of innocence is a fundamental tenet of our legal system,” Leah Graham, one of Watson’s lawyers, said in a statement Friday. “It is extremely unfortunate that this presumption was not given to Deshaun Watson by one of the investigators. Ultimately, however, justice was served by two grand juries in two separate jurisdictions who did what this detective refused to do: fairly and impartially review all the evidence before reaching a conclusion.
Watson, meanwhile, continues to train with the Browns as the lawsuits against him pile up. He is also awaiting news from the NFL on what disciplinary action, if any, he will face. Watson signed a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract with the Browns this offseason.