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Second grand jury in Texas declines to indict Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct charges

Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 5:22 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A grand jury in Brazoria County, Texas, just south of Houston, announced Thursday afternoon they are not charging Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct against 22 women.

“After a careful and thorough review of the facts and evidence documented in the reports prepared by the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department, as well as hearing testimony from witnesses, the Grand Jury for Brazoria County has declined to charge Deshaun Watson with any crimes,” Brazoria County Criminal District Attorney Tom Selleck stated Thursday afternoon. “Accordingly, this matter is closed.”

Twenty-two different women have filed civil complaints against Watson claiming sexual assault and harassment.

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal charges in nine cases earlier this month.

A 10th criminal complaint filed with Houston police for an incident that is alleged in an outside jurisdiction was the most recent case to be reviewed by this second grand jury in Brazoria County, according to the reports.

The Cleveland Browns acquired Watson in a trade with the Houston Texans .

The team also guaranteed $230 million to Watson in a record-breaking NFL contract.

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