DETROIT – A judge will not immediately disqualify the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office from a sex crimes case involving former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves.
Judge Cathy Dowd said Friday she is requesting affidavits from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and others, and said she could change her mind if new information surfaces.
Attorney Frank Manley said in a motion that Cleaves' accuser is a member of a Wayne County child sexual abuse taskforce. The case is being handled by the Detroit-based Wayne County prosecutor's office because of a conflict raised by the Genesee County prosecutor.
The 38-year-old Cleaves is charged with assaulting a woman at a motel last summer following a charity golf event. Cleaves has denied the charge.
Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and appeared in 167 games for four NBA teams.