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Columbus Police sting operation led to Adolphus Washington solicitation citation

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OSU senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington speaks to the media during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago in July 2015. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Assistant Sports Editor

OSU senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington speaks to the media during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago in July 2015. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Assistant Sports Editor

Newly released court documents show it was a Columbus Division of Police sting operation that led to the citation of senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington.

Washington was charged and released by the Columbus Police Vice Squad Unit on Wednesday night with a first-degree misdemeanor charge of solicitation for prostitution. The incident took place at the Extended Stay America hotel in Worthington, Ohio.

An affidavit filed Friday by Columbus Police stated Washington first contacted an officer who was acting as a “decoy prostitute” in response to an ad posted by detectives on the classified advertising website Backpage.com.

The advertisement was posted in the “escorts” section, stating “New to Columbus, Experience the Best.”

Washington called the officer with a request to visit and asked for the address, before following up with a text message just after 10 p.m., according to the document. Washington texted again about 20 minutes later, stating he had arrived at the hotel.

At 10:36 p.m., Washington entered the hotel room, where the decoy asked how long Washigton intended to visit, to which he responded, “a short stay.”

The officer told Washington that a visit of that length would cost $60. However, after the officer stated she did not have change for Washington’s $100, Washington began to negotiate, asking, “Well, what will $100 get me?”

The officer responded that $100 would pay for a one-hour visit. Washington agreed to the new price before placing his cash on the hotel dresser.

The officer then offered Washington ”some head.” Upon agreeing to receive fellatio, Washington was detained by detectives, according to the document.

OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that Washington has been suspended for the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. The game was scheduled to be Washington’s last with the Buckeyes.

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, Washington expressed remorse for his actions.

“I want to sincerely apologize to my family, to coach Meyer and the coaching staff, to my teammates and my friends for my lack of judgement (Wednesday) night and for my actions that I truly regret. I have wanted to be a high-character teammate, a contributor to the success of this program and, most importantly, someone my family can be proud of,” he said in the statement. “I am extremely disappointed in myself, and I can honestly say I will learn from my mistake and I will accept the consequences that deservedly will come my way. And I hope that people will know that I am truly sorry and that I sincerely do apologize.”

Washington’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Wednesday’s citation was the second in less than two months for the Buckeyes, as redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated early in the morning of Oct. 31.

4 comments

  1. Not a heads up play by that Buckeye. It was the climax of his season!

  2. Amazing that with crime rampant on the streets near campus, the Columbus PD focuses its energy on this.

    Anyone feel safer now?

  3. If Urban Meyer has a strict “no firearms” policy, then Adolphus definitely shouldn’t have been packing even with the concealed carry permit.

    That said, I’m not going to judge him for going with escorts rather than college girls. Jamies Winston anyone?

    If you’re a high-profile man on a college campus and you have consensual sex, you’re basically a sitting duck. College girls are fickle and can easily change their mind days or weeks later about how “consensual” the sex actually was, and they always get the benefit of the doubt in a campus setting.

    Where Adolphus should have used better judgement is in doing some research on the girl before he went to meet her. CPD love doing prostitution stings around 23 and 270.

  4. “The officer then offered Washington ”some head.” Upon agreeing to receive fellatio, Washington was detained by detectives, according to the document”

    When you offer something illegal it’s entrapment, regardless of if it’s accepted or not. It sounds like the undercover officer needs to be cited for solicitation.

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