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Prosecutor: Police drove Cleaves home after reported assault

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SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 18: Mateen Cleaves #24 of the Seattle Sonics calls a play a he moves the ball up court during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the KeyArena on November 18, 2005 in Seattle, Washington. The Sonics won 98-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/NBAE via Getty Images)

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) Prosecutors say officers drove former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves to his home after police responded to a reported sexual assault of a woman at a Flint-area motel.

The Flint Journal reports ( ) that Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey made the statement to a judge during a hearing Thursday.

Defense attorney Frank Manley later told reporters that the officers’ actions showed they “saw nothing that would rise to the level of some type of crime.”

The 39-year-old Cleaves is charged with assaulting the woman at a Mundy Township motel last summer following a charity golf outing. He denies the charge.

Wayne County prosecutors are handling the case after Genesee County’s prosecutor did not take it due to a possible conflict of interest.


Information from: The Flint Journal,