Jury finds Mateen Cleaves not guilty in sexual assault trial

In December 2016, a judge dismissed all charges against Cleaves, saying she believed the accuser willingly accompanied Cleaves to that motel. Video surveillance shows her leaving the room twice and Cleaves bringing her back in.

A jury acquitted former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves Tuesday on charges alleging he sexually assaulted a woman in a motel room four years ago.

A Genesee County jury reached the not guilty verdict on Tuesday after a two-week trial.

The woman and Cleaves ended their night at the Knights Inn, where the woman claimed Cleaves sexually assaulted her.

Cleaves didn't testify, but his attorney contended that the woman was in the motel room "of her own free will".

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Cleaves, 41, faced single counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct, unlawful imprisonment, and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on September 15, 2015 at the Knights Inn in Mundy Township.

Cleaves was arraigned in March 2016 on multiple felony charges, including counts of unlawful imprisonment and criminal sexual conduct. He had faced up to 15 years in prison had he been convicted.

Cleaves is a revered figure in Michigan, an integral part of a Michigan State team that won the national championship in 2000 before his six-year NBA career.

The panel of nine women and three men received the case Tuesday afternoon after attorneys delivered closing arguments.

Cleaves is charged with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment in a 2015 incident that occurred after a charity golf event.

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