Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Former KU signee Stevenson charged with statutory rape

June 20, 2001


— Utah Jazz rookie DeShawn Stevenson who signed with Kansas University before deciding to play in the NBA has been charged with statutory rape for having sex with a 14-year-old girl, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Stevenson, a 6-foot-5 guard who went from high school directly to the NBA last year, was charged last week in Fresno Superior Court, chief deputy district attorney Liz Mitchell said.

The 20-year-old Stevenson, a Fresno native who went to Washington Union High, faces up to three years in state prison if convicted.

Stevenson is accused of having sex with the girl during a visit to Fresno in the past six weeks, Mitchell said. She didn't have any other details.

"I didn't even know he played basketball," Mitchell said. "I have no idea what he was doing in Fresno."

Stevenson played in 40 games for the Jazz as a rookie, averaging 2.2 points and 0.7 rebounds.

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