Trial to Begin for Mateen Cleaves in Sexual Assault Case [VIDEO]
Flint's Mateen Cleaves is set to stand trial today, facing sexual assault charges that stem from a 2015 incident in a Mundy township hotel.
Jury selection is complete and opening statements are expected to begin today in a Genesee County courtroom.
Cleaves faces counts of unlawful imprisonment, assault and three counts of criminal sexual conduct. The victim claims that she met Cleaves at a charity golf outing and hours later was sexually assaulted at the motel.
In 2016 the charges were dismissed when a judge said the victim willingly accompanied Cleaves to the motel. That ruling was overturned by a higher court in 2017.
The Flint native is best known for his outstanding basketball career with the Michigan State Spartans after being heavily recruited during his high school years at Flint Northern. He was one of four Flint players known as the 'Flintstones.' Cleaves went on to play for six seasons in the NBA.
If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.