Report alleges Baylor player's sexual assault case was mishandled
A sexual assault incident involving a Baylor football player was mishandled by the school and authorities, a report from Texas Monthly alleges.
A Baylor female student-athlete alleges that Sam Ukwuachu raped her at his Waco apartment in October 2013, several months after he was dismissed from the football team at Boise State and transferred to Baylor. He was indicted on two felony charges in June 2014, but the allegations were not reported in the media until earlier this month. The Texas Monthly report and a report earlier this week from Deadspin both found Waco police initially refused to elaborate on the details of the case. The prosecutor in the case successfully lobbied the judge to issue a gag order prohibiting Ukwuachu, his attorney and the prosecutor from speaking publicly about the case.
Texas Monthly eventually obtained a copy of the incident report, in which the alleged victim says Ukwuachu took her to his apartment and forced himself on her despite her requests for him to stop. She went to the hospital the next day and underwent a rape examination, which found injuries consistent with sexual assault.
Baylor conducted its own investigation that Texas Monthly describes as “so insufficient, according to the court, that the judge sustained a motion from the prosecution to restrict the defense from referencing it during the trial.” The school’s investigation consisted of interviewing Ukwuachu, the accuser and one friend of each. The school did not examine the rape kit collected at the hospital, the report says.
(h/t Sports Illustrated)