Washington Pleads Not Guilty to Sex with Minor


Photo by: Larry Valenzuela

Student government president Christopher Washington leads the Associated Student Government meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

Associated Student Government President Christopher Washington pleaded not guilty Friday, Oct. 19 in Fresno Superior Court to a felony charge of having oral copulation with a minor under the influence of an anesthesia or controlled substance.

Washington also pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges of providing an alcoholic beverage to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to prosecutors, if convicted of the felony charge Washington will face a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender.

Washington was ordered to remain in Fresno County Jail with a bail set at $42,400.

Washington and two female students were found by campus police in a women’s bathroom stall located in the Math, Science and Engineering building at about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 according to a report from the Fresno Bee.

The three students were suspected of being intoxicated, one so badly that emergency medical services were called to provide medical attention and transportation to a hospital.

Washington was arrested Oct. 16 and originally charged with rape or other specified crime in concert and sexual penetration with a foreign object.

Prior to this incident, Washington pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor of child abuse or endangerment in Dec. 2016. Washington was under a conditional plea agreement to obey all laws and complete a 24-week parenting class to have the case dismissed.

Washington was ordered to be back in court on Oct. 25 regarding that case.