Venoy Overton Pleads Not Guilty To Promoting Prostitution

Venoy Overton entered a not guilty plea on Thursday in response to a second-degree charge of promoting prostitution.

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Venoy Overton Pleads Not Guilty To Pimping Charge, Has Bail Reduced

Former Washington basketball player Venoy Overton entered a plea of not guilty on Thursday in response to a second-degree charge of promoting prostitution, less formally known as pimping. Overton was arrested on June 16 following an investigation into allegations that he'd encouraged a woman described as his girlfriend to perform sex acts for money along Pacific Highway South. After the woman was arrested for soliciting an undercover officer, she named Overton, and a later inve

Overton may be out of jail soon after having his bail reduced to $25,000 following Thursday's plea (via Seattle Times).

The judge set bail at $25,000 during Overton's arraignment at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Prosecutors had asked for bail of $50,000, saying Overton may be a flight risk because he had considered playing professional basketball overseas. But Overton's attorney, James Bible, disagreed, saying Overton didn't even have a passport.

Overton's bail had been set at $150,000 ahead of Thursday's plea. The former Washington guard is being held at the Kent Regional Justice Center.

According to the charging documents, Overton told the woman she would "walk the track" and turn tricks for money, promising to "pay her back ten-fold" when he made it to the NBA. The woman gave him half her earnings on May 19, which he spent on gas and a cigar. The next day, on May 20, the woman was picked up by police, beginning the investigation into Overton's involvement.

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Venoy Overton Turns His Back On Washington, Disappoints Lorenzo Romar With Latest Arrest

Venoy Overton's latest arrest is the last straw. His off-court problems have embarrassed the Washington Huskies and, more importantly, head coach Lorenzo Romar.

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UW Coach Lorenzo Romar On Venoy Overton Arrest: ' I Am Extremely Disappointed'

As troubling as it is to hear of former Washington Huskies guard Venoy Overton's second arrest this year, it's no surprise that UW coach Lorenzo Romar is particularly disappointed.

"I have been informed of the arrest of Venoy Overton and I am extremely disappointed," Romar said in a UW Athletics release. "My staff and I spent an extraordinary amount of time and energy attempting to mentor Venoy prior to his recent graduation, so this news is especially troubling."

And Romar's handling of Overton's prior run-in with the law was met with mixed reviews, to put it mildly, as detailed by Todd Dybas of Sportspress NW in late-May.

Romar allowed Overton to play and chose not to publicly punish Overton until formal charges were made just before the Pac-10 tournament. Although Romar suspended Overton for the Huskies' Pac-10 Tournament championship run, Overton was re-instated for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

In responding to Overton's first charge of the year in the manner that he did, he took something of a compassionate leap of faith in hopes that he could help Overton learn something from the situation rather than disciplining him as harshly as some might have preferred. Given the criticism that Romar drew as a result of that approach, it's hard to imagine how he wouldn't be especially disappointed by today's news.

As reported by Seattle Times reporter Percy Allen, Overton would not have had to, "to answer for the charge for supplying alcohol to a minor would if he avoided new criminal charges for a year and completed 24 hours of community service in the next two months."

So things not only got worse for Overton this year, but are about to get considerably more complicated legally.

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Venoy Overton Arrested For Promoting Prostitution, According To Report

Former Washington guard Venoy Overton is in trouble with the law again, according to a report from the Seattle Times on Thursday afternoon. Overton was reportedly arrested for investigation of promoting prostitution stemming from an incident that occurred in May. The report is short on details as of now, but the run-in is Overton's second in the past year, the first of which followed an unsavory incident involving a 16-year-old female who claimed she was sexually assaulted while under the influence of alcohol purchased by the Washington guard.

Here are the details on the latest arrest from the Seattle Times.

Overton was arrested in connection with the felony offense Thursday in South Seattle. The incident allegedly occurred in May. Police had probable cause to arrest Overton, who has not been charged with the offense, according to a source.

As part of his plea deal in the furnishing alcohol to minors case that stemmed from an investigation while he was still with the Huskies, Overton was required to stay out of trouble with the law for at least a year. If there is substance to this latest investigation, Overton could find himself in even more trouble as the first charge would warrant an immediate verdict -- the judge did not make a ruling the first time around, and Overton gave up his right to trial.

If the judge in the alcohol case does decide this latest arrest violates the agreement, Overton could face up to a year in jail.

We'll be back when more details become available, but this second arrest is troubling, to say the least.

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