$750,000 bond set for Creighton’s Watson in sex assault case

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 file photo, Creighton guard Maurice Watson Jr. (10) dribbles in the lane against Seton Hall during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb. Police said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 that Creighton basketball player Maurice Watson Jr. is a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in Omaha. (AP Photo/John Peterson, File)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Bond has been set at $750,000 for Creighton basketball player Maurice Watson Jr., who is charged with first-degree sexual assault for allegedly forcing a 19-year-old Omaha woman into having nonconsensual sex.

Watson, who appeared in Douglas County Court on Monday, would have to post $75,000 to be released from jail. A preliminary hearing was set for March 27.

According to police, the woman said accused Watson of assaulting her early in the morning Feb. 4 at an Omaha home. Watson’s attorney, Stu Dornan, has said Watson denies the allegations.

The university announced last week that Watson had been suspended from all athletic-related activities since Feb. 13. He also is banned from campus. The 23-year-old senior point guard suffered a season-ending knee injury last month.