Former Michigan St. Basketball Star Mateen Cleaves Faces Sex Assault Charge


Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves faces charges after a woman said she was held against her will in a motel room and was sexually assaulted.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Cleaves, 39, was charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct, sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Arrangements were being made for Cleaves to turn himself in.

The woman said she met Cleaves in September at a Flint-area charity golf outing and was later taken to a Mundy Township motel, where she said she was assaulted.

Genesee County officials transferred the case to Wayne County because of possible conflict of interest.

The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from Cleaves’ attorney.

Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA championship in 2000 and played in the NBA.


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