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March 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Ex-Husky Venoy Overton pleads guilty to prostitution charge

Former University of Washington basketball player Venoy Overton pleaded guilty today one count of second-degree promoting prostitution involving an 18-year-old woman.

Overton, 23, entered an Alford plea, which is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment that a jury would likely find him guilty. It is considered a conviction.

“While I believe I am innocent, I believe the evidence in this case is such that a jury would likely find me guilty of the crime charged,” Overton wrote in his defendant’s statement. 

Overton was sentenced to 30 days in the King County Jail, but received credit for the 14 days he served before posting $25,000 bail on June 30, according to court and jail records. Overton was also given credit for seven days of “good time” while in jail, and the remaining nine days of his sentence was converted to community restitution, court records say.

The range for second-degree promoting prostitution is one to three months, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Overton, 23, was charged in June with the felony after police said he coerced an 18-year-old woman into prostitution. The woman told police she was Overton’s girlfriend and said she was required to give him money, and when she couldn’t, he told her to work as a prostitute, according to charging papers.

According to the charging documents, Overton offered the woman detailed instructions on how to work as a prostitute. He drove the woman to Pacific Highway South in Kent, told her how to walk, what prices to charge and how many tricks to turn before calling him to pick her up, according to the charges.

The woman worked as a prostitute in South King County for three nights last month, splitting her earnings with Overton, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sean O’Donnell wrote in charging documents. Kent police launched the investigation after the woman was arrested May 20 after offering to perform a sex act with an undercover officer for $200.

The woman said Overton repeatedly promised that they would be financially secure once a National Basketball Association team drafted him.

Overton, a 6-foot point guard who was one of the Huskies’ top defensive players, is not considered an NBA prospect.

After his arrest, Overton told police it was the woman’s idea to work as a prostitute, but he said he agreed to drive her to Kent because he knew she would pay him part of her earnings, according to charges.

In January 2011, police investigated Overton after he had sex with two 16-year-old girls he met online. He was ultimately charged with providing alcohol to a minor, a gross misdemeanor.

Overton reached an agreement with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, which said it would dismiss the charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor if he stayed out of trouble for a year. With his conviction on the promoting-prostitution charge, that agreement is now in jeopardy.

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