Ahmad Brooks pleads not guilty to sexual battery
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks pleaded not guilty Tuesday in an alleged sexual battery of an intoxicated woman last year in San Jose.
Brooks’ attorney Josh Cohen appeared on behalf of the football player this morning at the Hall of Justice in San Jose for arraignment and plea entry on a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, Santa Clara County prosecutors said.
Brooks, 31, faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted, according to the district attorney’s office.
Brooks’ pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Oct. 28. Brooks and former 49er Ray McDonald were indicted by a Santa Clara County grand jury last month in the alleged sexual assault of a woman at McDonald’s San Jose home on Dec. 15.
McDonald pleaded not guilty last week to charges of raping an intoxicated woman and violating a restraining order and was scheduled for trial on Jan. 25.
McDonald met the woman at the Willow Den bar in San Jose on Dec. 13 and they went back to his home, where she slipped on a wet and poorly maintained deck, prosecutors said.
The woman became unconscious and Brooks is alleged to have sexually groped her, which was later corroborated by home surveillance footage, according to prosecutors.
McDonald allegedly took the woman to his room, where he had sex with her without her permission, prosecutors said.
McDonald allegedly assaulted his former fiancée while she held their baby in Santa Clara on May 25 and was issued a restraining order he allegedly violated two days later, according to prosecutors.
He was a defensive lineman for the 49ers until December when the sexual assault allegations surfaced. He signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, who then cut him in May following the domestic violence accusations.