KENT, Wash. -- Former University of Washington basketball player Venoy Overton was charged Friday with promoting prostitution after a woman claiming to be his girlfriend said he pimped her out.
According to probable cause documents, two plain clothes police officers were patrolling Pacific Highway South in an area known as "the track" which has a high volume of prostitution.
The officers spotted an 18-year-old woman they suspected of being a prostitute. One of them contacted her, pretending to be a "John." After agreeing to services, the woman was arrested.
As the officers interviewed the woman, she allegedly said prostitution was her boyfriend's idea and that he pushed her into it despite her objections. She identified her boyfriend as Venoy Overton, according to court documents.
The woman told police that she was not making enough money in her part-time job, some of which she would give to Overton. That's when Overton allegedly coaxed her into prostitution. She allegedly told police that Overton promised to take care of her when he got to the NBA.
Overton was arrested Thursday and is being held on $150,000 bail. Arraignment is scheduled for June 30. He faces five years in jail if convicted on the charge of second degree promoting prostitution, as well as a $10,000 fine.
Overton was investigated by Seattle Police this year after a 16-year-old girl claimed she was raped by the University of Washington basketball player. She said she met him online and felt pressure to have sex with him because he was a college athlete.
Overton was eventually charged with supplying alcohol to a minor in that case. He was suspended by the UW from the Pac-10 Tournament, but reinstated for the NCAA Tournament.