Everything we know about Jackson Mahomes’ arrest
By Ellen Mathis
Jackson Mahomes was arrested Wednesday morning and booked on charges of sexual battery and battery.
There is breaking news on Wednesday morning as Jackson Mahomes was booked into the Johnson County, Kansas jail. He was arrested around 7:00 a.m. and charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of battery.
This booking undoubtedly stems from an incident on February 25 in which Mahomes allegedly sexually assaulted the owner of Aspens Restaurant and Lounge. Surveillance video from the restaurant appears to show Mahomes forcibly trying to kiss the woman multiple times. He was also accused of shoving a 19-year-old male waiter more than once. Individuals allege Mahomes was intoxicated during the incident.
It is unsurprising that we are now seeing action in the case. Despite what surveillance video may show, it often takes time to gather sufficient evidence to bring charges. It appears that the Johnson County District Attorney now has enough to charge Mahomes and feel confident that they can demonstrate the required elements in court.
We will not know the extent of the charges or the evidence the DA has until (and if) they release the court documents. Mahomes will have an initial appearance in the very near future and likely will post bond, currently set at $100,000. He will remain out of jail until he is either tried and found guilty or a plea deal is reached. The plea deal could contain sentencing for jail time.
Moving forward, the parties will engage in an exchange of discovery and Mahomes will receive court appearances. As is usual in most criminal cases, Mahomes’s attorney and the DA will engage in a settlement discussion—in particular, this will involve possible plea deals. The deal offered will depend on the strength of the evidence as well as Mahomes’s prior criminal history. While the surveillance video appears pretty damning, he is innocent until proven guilty, so we will wait to pass judgment.
I suspect we will hear more in the near future given the public profile and clear media interest in Mahomes, but the Johnson County DA tends to be fairly tight-lipped. We are left to speculate and may not hear much for months. Regardless, we can only hope that justice is served, Mahomes learns from this, and the alleged victims can heal.