Police unsure of time frame in Williams investigation

Updated: October 19, 2007, 4:48 PM ET
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Police plan to send the findings of their sexual assault investigation of Sacramento Kings player Justin Williams to prosecutors but said Friday they do not know how long that might take.

"We will do a complete and thorough investigation and then forward that information to the district attorney," said Sgt. Matt Young, a spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. "At that time, it will be up to them on how they'd like to proceed."

On Thursday, police announced they were investigating allegations by a woman in her 20s who said she was sexually assaulted by Williams at his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 12.

Officers searched Williams' house and removed some items that are being evaluated as potential evidence.

The player's attorney, William Portanova, issued a statement calling the allegations against his client "unfounded."

"We are confident that this investigation will conclude with an official determination that Justin Williams committed no crime," Portanova said.

The team placed Williams on an indefinite leave of absence.

The 23-year-old reserve center is starting his second season with the Kings. He averaged five points in 26 games with the team last season.

He played his final two college seasons at Wyoming before signing with the Kings as an undrafted free agent in summer 2006. Williams was cut during the team's 2006 training camp and played with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA's Development League before rejoining the Kings in January.


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