Reno charity founder speaks out after attemped sexual assault arrest

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Updated: 7/20 8:57 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - The well known Cops vs. Robber's basketball charity event continues as planned, despite it's founder's run in with the law last month.

News 4 showed up at the “Ballin’ for Backpacks” event, today, where organizers were giving away backpacks to local families. The founder, Marcus Woods, was fired up, blaming the media for tying his name to his charity after being arrested for attempted sexual assault.

"It's the media's fault that I lost sponsorship," Woods said. "Talk about me if I get in trouble. Don't throw my charity in it.”

Woods maintains his innocence after being booked into jail last month for five different charges including attempted sexual assault. Reno police say he allegedly kept a 20-year-old female acquaintance from leaving his home and attempted to sexually assault her.
Despite the scandal, the charity event continues. Woods says helping families in need is his top priority.

"I put myself in a bad situation. I got accused of something that wasn't true. That's my fault. I take full responsibility,” he said. “But don't make the kids suffer for my mess up."

Kaci Mitchell, who once was a recipient of the Cops vs. Robber's charity, is now the assistant director. She says she will stand by Woods and the charity.

"Regardless, guilty or not, we are still here today to do what we've been doing for the past 4 years," she said.

News 4 followed up with a question to clarify if Woods was found guilty, if she would support him, or just the charity.

“I would still stand by the charity. Him being the founder of it, everybody makes mistakes. That's just the bottom line," she answered.

Woods says he learned a valuable lesson as a public figure.

"Anything that hurts me, which I didn't understand it then, anything that hurts me, I know see hurts these kids,” he said. “So I'm going to watch everything I do. I'm going to watch everything I put myself through to make sure it don't reflect bad on the charity no more. "

The event today gave away 170 back packs filled with school supplies to children in need. Woods is in the middle of court proceedings.

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RWsMom - 7/20/2014 5:28 AM
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Too many men are being falsely accused of these sex crimes. The registry is over saturated with people who pose NO threat to our society or children. Registration laws and restrictions have opened an easy avenue for FALSE allegations and convictions of innocent people and CHILDREN! There are 770,000 registered citizens in this country with 1/3 of them being UNDER the age of 18 years old! It's time we STOP this American witch hunt created by the media and those who gain from these prosecutions! It's time American citizens wake up to what is happening with the "rape culture" in this country before it's too late! If allowed to continue, our country will be defended and ran by females...because our men and children will either be incarcerated or too afraid to speak out! Stop it NOW!

popadoc - 7/20/2014 2:16 AM
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I'm doing Charity work for kids he says. More like I'm above the law and how dare news agencies tie my name in with this event and my arrest. Well you done it genius, what do you expect them to do? Another "I'm above the Law" because I do a Charity. I hope everyone that got a back pack today knows what you are accused of, especially female children/young adults.
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