FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State University basketball star Mateen Cleaves is standing trial on sexual assault charges in his Michigan hometown.
Opening statements began Thursday in Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint, where Cleaves is charged with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment. He’s accused of assaulting a 24-year-old woman after a charity golf event and a visit to a Flint-area bar in 2015.
A district judge dismissed the charges in 2016, but a circuit court reinstated them on appeal.
Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.