Former Husky Venoy Overton pleads guilty to second-degree promoting prostitution
Venoy Overton pleaded guilty Tuesday to promoting prostitution, entering an Alford plea. He was sentenced to 30 days in the King County Jail. He received credit for 14 days served, given credit for seven days "good time" and had the other nine days converted to community restitution.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Former University of Washington basketball player Venoy Overton pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of second-degree promoting prostitution involving an 18-year-old woman.
Overton was sentenced to 30 days in the King County Jail, but received credit for the 14 days he served before posting $25,000 bail on June 30, according to court and jail records. Overton was also given credit for seven days of "good time" while in jail, and the remaining nine days of his sentence was converted to community restitution, court records say.
The range for second-degree promoting prostitution is one to three months, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.
Overton entered an Alford plea, which is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment that a jury would likely find him guilty. It is considered a conviction.
"While I believe I am innocent, I believe the evidence in this case is such that a jury would likely find me guilty of the crime charged," Overton wrote in his defendant's statement.
Overton, 23, was charged in June with the felony after police said he coerced an 18-year-old woman into prostitution. The woman told police she was Overton's girlfriend and said she was required to give him money, and when she couldn't, he told her to work as a prostitute, according to charging papers.
According to the charging documents, Overton offered the woman detailed instructions on how to work as a prostitute. He drove the woman to Pacific Highway South in Kent, told her how to walk, what prices to charge and how many tricks to turn before calling him to pick her up, according to the charges.
Kent police launched the investigation after the woman was arrested May 20 after offering to perform a sex act with an undercover officer for $200.
After his arrest, Overton told police it was the woman's idea to work as a prostitute, but he said he agreed to drive her to Kent because he knew she would pay him part of her earnings, according to charges.
In January 2011, police investigated Overton after he had sex with two 16-year-old girls he met online. He was ultimately charged with providing alcohol to a minor, a gross misdemeanor.
Overton reached an agreement with the Seattle City Attorney's Office, which said it would dismiss the charge if he stayed out of trouble for a year.
As part of Overton's plea agreement on the promoting prostitution charge, the municipal court case will be dismissed, according to court documents. Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or email@example.com. Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.