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Embattled Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's misdemeanor sexual abuse trial could last well into the NFL preseason, according to a report by The Washington Post's Keith L. Alexander. Prosecutors have listed up to 10 possible witnesses they could call in order to convict Haynesworth of charges stemming from a Feb. 12 incident in which he allegedly fondled a cocktail waitress.
Such a long witness list means the trial could be unusually lengthy for a misdemeanor charge, which could cause Haynesworth to miss several days of training camp if and when it resumes after the NFL lockout ends. The trial is scheduled to begin on August 23.
Whether the Redskins intend to keep Haynesworth, trade him or cut him, this latest development is bad news. The legal troubles will be sure to complicate any personnel moves involving the high-priced defender, and a sexual abuse trial is probably not the best way to improve a player's trade value.
Albert Haynesworth's trial for a sexual abuse charge stemming from an incident last winter has been postponed one month, according to the Washington Post. Haynesworth's trial was originally scheduled to begin on July 11, but a D.C. Superior Court judged pushed it back to allow the defense to work out scheduling with its witnesses.
In a letter to the court Thursday, Haynesworth's attorney, A. Scott Bolden, requested the delay until August 2 to "accommodate the schedules of certain witnesses" in the case.
Haynesworth, the much-maligned Washington Redskins' defensive tackle, is charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse stemming from an alleged incident in which he fondled a cocktail waitresses' breasts at the W Hotel in February. He was indicted by a grand jury in April. Haynesworth had also been charged with simple assault stemming from a road rage incident in Farifax County, and prosecutors offered to drop the sexual abuse charge if Haynesworth pleaded guilty to that charged. But Haynesworth refused, and so the case now goes to trial. Haynesworth ultimately settled with the victim in that case in May.
Albert Haynesworth has entered a not guilty plea on charges of sexual abuse stemming from a Feb. 12 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a waitress at the POV lounge at the top of the W Hotel in downtown D.C.. According to Keith L. Alexander of the Washington Post, Haynesworth and his attorneys even rejected a reduced charge, that would have come with a much smaller sentence.
The plea, entered by his attorney A. Scott Bolden in D.C. Superior Court, was expected. Prosecutors had offered to dismiss the sexual abuse charge if Haynesworth would plead guilty to simple assault, but Bolden rejected the deal, saying his client was innocent.
Haynesworth is still having a fair share of issues in the Redskins organization as well, and we don't really know what his future with Washington is. But I'm sure that this latest issue does not make him a more attractive option for an organization that is trying to put an emphasis on character.
Albert Haynesworth will have the opportunity to accept a plea deal instead of having to potentially go to trial on charges of misdemeanor sexual abuse stemming from an incident where he allegedly fondled a cocktail waitresses' breasts at the W Hotel in February. The plea deal would reduce Haynesworth's charge to a simple assault, which is a lesser charge.
In a letter to Haynesworth attorney, filed in D.C. Superior Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office has offered Haynesworth the opportunity to plead guilty to simple assault, rather than face trial for the charge on which he was indicted.
In the filing, prosecutor Heide Herrmann says the offer will expire May 17.
If Haynesworth were convicted of sexual abuse, he could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Haynesworth lawyer declined to comment to the Associated Press. May 17 happens to be about three weeks away at this point.
Haynesworth has been charged by the U.S. Attorney's office for allegedly fondling a waitress at the W Hotel. The case was considered in front of a grand jury in February, and evidently, there was enough evidence to push forward to press charges.
According to the police report, Haynesworth was paying his tab and slipped his bill into the waitress' blouse because her hands were full. At that point, he pushed it up her shirt and to her breast. Haynesworth's attorney had previously denied all charges.
The troubled Redskins' defensive tackle is also dealing with a simple assault charge stemming from an alleged road rage incident. That court hearing is scheduled for May 26. He, of course, was suspended for the final four games of the Redskins' season in 2010 for his issues with coach Mike Shanahan.
A sexual assault accusation by a woman against Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will be considered in front of a grand jury later this week, according to a report by NBC Washington.
The grand jury will convene to determine whether charges should be filed against Haynesworth. A number of employees at the W Hotel, where the incident allegedly took place, have already been issued subpoenas to testify, according to the report.
The alleged incident took place early Sunday morning at 1:30 p.m. According to the police report, Haynesworth was paying his bar tab, and slipped it in the waitresses' blouse because her hands were full. At that point, he allegedly moved his hands up her shirt and fondled her breast.
This does not necessarily mean charges will be filed against Haynesworth.
Albert Haynesworth has been accused of sexual assault by a waitress at the W Hotel in Washington D.C. after an incident in which Haynesworth allegedly caressed the waitresses' breast, according to a police report obtained by NBC Washington.
The incident occurred at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning when Haynesworth was paying his tab at the W Hotel, according to the report.
She said that "Subject 1" tried to pay his bill by giving her his credit card, but he asked if it was OK to stick the card in her blouse near her breast area. She nodded her head yes and, according to the report, she said he then placed the card into her blouse gently, sliding the card further into her left side of the blouse and then started to caress her breast.
This is just the latest incident involving Haynesworth since being suspended for the final four games of the season. He recently turned himself into police on charges of simple assault stemming from an alleged road rage incident in Fairfax.
A tumultuous year for Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth may be getting a whole lot worse. The Redskins' defensive tackle has been accused of sexual assault by a waitress at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. following an alleged incident over the weekend, sources tell NBCWashington.com.
Police are currently investigating the claims made by the witness to determine whether charges will be filed. It remains unclear when the alleged assault occurred and the details behind the claims. However, Haynesworth's agent Chad Speck has denied the allegations to NBC's Dan Hellie.
The incident comes on the heels of Haynesworth turning himself in to police after being charged with misdemeanor simple assault stemming from an alleged road rage incident in Fairfax. It remains unclear whether this incident happened before or after Haynesworth turned himself in to police on Saturday morning.