While a grand jury investigation continues to determine whether contested Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson may face charges of sexual assault and / or sexual misconduct, well-informed sources emphasize that this does not necessarily mean that an indictment is imminent .
Watson could still face charges at some point, depending on the findings of the Houston Police Department, the Harris County District Attorney, and a grand jury made up of Harris County citizens.
The three-time Pro Bowl passer-by faces 22 civil claims for sexual misconduct by massage therapists. He also faces 10 criminal complaints filed with the Harris County Police Department, eight of which are litigation attorneys represented by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee.
Watson was not charged with a crime.
The trafficking department conducts investigations for the prosecutor and the criminal investigation is conducted by Harris County Police Department detectives who specialize in human trafficking investigations.
While the term “human trafficking” is apparently both a serious and arsonist, a source told TexansDaily.com that such involvement is not uncommon and the normal practice for alleged crimes of this nature.
Watson is represented by Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, who previously denied wrongdoing on behalf of his client and stated that any sexual activity between the NFL quarterback and the therapists was consensual.
The NFL is conducting a parallel investigation into Watson’s personal code of conduct led by Lisa Friel, a former sex crimes prosecutor in Manhattan, NY.
Since Watson has not been charged with a crime, he remains entitled to continue practicing with the Texans and was not placed on the League’s list of commissioners. He attended training camp, but while the Texans prepare for the NFL preseason opener on Saturday in Green Bay, Watson – who wants a trade from Houston – won’t be attending.
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“The NFL’s review of serious allegations against Deshaun Watson is still ongoing and active,” the league said in a statement. “We work closely with the Houston Police Department to ensure that the NFL’s investigation does not interfere with their personal conduct policy. There are currently no restrictions on Watson’s participation in club activities. “
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