The case of Matthew Maldonado and Nicholas Schultz, the two male Lloyd Irvin students involved in the alleged New Years Eve rape of a third, female team mate has come to shocking conclusion. The two have been on trial since October 7. According to abc news The jury found Matthew Maldonado, 26, not guilty. He was charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and first and second degree sexual abuse. Maldonado has been found not guilty by the jury. Maldonado is free on all charges. The jury is still deliberating on Schultz.
Source abc news:
“For 10 months I have been incarcerated for something I didn’t do,” Maldonado says. “From the beginning, I knew I was innocent.”
The jury is continuing to deliberate the fate of Nicholas Schultz, 21, who is Maldonado’s co-defendant and is facing the same charges.
Authorities say they sexually assaulted a fellow student after a night of drinking on New year’s Eve earlier this year.
Much of the alleged incident was caught on surveillance video inside of a parking garage next to St. Matthews Catholic Church in Northwest. The tape, which was shown in court, was graphic. But Maldonado’s attorneys argued the woman voluntarily accompanied the men and the sex was consensual.
All three were part of the Lloyd Irving Martial Arts Studio in Camp Springs.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Maldonado and Schultz both sexually abused the victim repeatedly while she slipped in and out of consciousness.
Documents say that the victim bumped into both Maldonado and Schultz at the Washington nightclub, and they offered to escort her home because she was too drunk to drive.
Defense attorneys for Schultz later told the jury that the sex was consensual.
As for the woman at the center of this case, Maldonado could not comment because of a possible civil case.
For now, he said he is looking forward to the future and continuing on his path as a medal winning fighter.
“My dreams are just to go keep continuing what I was doing before you know and try to win and many championships as many I can,” he says.
Maldonado has also been vocal about popular BJJ blogger Georgette Oden’s campaign against him and Schultz. This is the message that he wrote Georgette on her facebook:
” mail whatever screen shots you want. Make sure you also get to check out the transcripts of the case once it is finished. It seems to me like you have continued to mislead everyone from the beginning and wont be an adult and state FACTS. When are you going to tell everyone how many times the alleged victim was impeached, the things she lied about, the imaginary boyfriend, who she left the club with, etc? Everything that comes out of you and your little lynch mobs mouths has been Bias from the beginning and will continue that way. At the end of the day you are a prosecutor so it is your job to make whoever you can look like a criminal, even though they are not. Why don’t you tell people how hard it is to get acquitted in dc federal court? there is 2 videos allegedly showing that an alleged crime was “clearly committed” right? so how could i possibly be acquitted if the videos show what you and your sheople say was on them? nothing criminal happened…..get over it!”