Ex-Baylor player named in sex assault
Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a sexual assault investigation.
A search warrant was executed at Oakman's apartment on April 3 after a Baylor student told police that Oakman sexually assaulted her when the two went to his apartment after leaving Scruffy Murphy's, a Waco bar.
In a written statement, Waco police spokesman Sgt. Patrick Swanton said that Oakman, 24, met with detectives on Wednesday in reference to the investigation. He was served with two search warrants; one for his DNA and another for his cell phone.
Immediately following the execution of those search warrants, Oakman was served with a warrant for his arrest for sexual assault. He was taken into custody and taken to the McLennan County Jail without incident.
Oakman, an All-American and three-time All-Big 12 honoree who was on the 2016 Senior Bowl squad, is eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft.
A spokesperson for Baylor University told KCEN they would fully cooperate fully with any investigation.
Baylor has been in the spotlight recently for the way sexual assault cases have been handled.
A former Baylor student, Jasmine Hernandez, filed Title IX and negligence civil lawsuits against the university.
Hernandez said the defendants and the university failed to protect her after she reported being raped by one of Coach Art Briles’ former players, Tevin Elliot.
Columnist Mac Engel with our content partners at the Star-Telegram spoke to Baylor University President Ken Starr at a prayer breakfast in Fort Worth on Thursday, prior to news coming out about the latest investigation.
“I am in favor of transparency," Starr said. "Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake."
Starr was also asked why he has been reluctant to speak publicly about the allegations against his school.
“That’s a very, very fair question. When the accusations emerged in the wake of the Sam Ukwuachu case, which you have opined on — welcome to the First Amendment ... that’s good for all of us, whether we agree or not,” Starr said. “[…] We retained [the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton to investigate]. In our view, we cannot and should not [address it]. That is the guidance we have gotten from outside counsel. You simply cannot,” he said.
“Quite apart from FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). And you know the mutual litany, ‘We can’t talk about this and we can’t talk about that.’ That is the fundamental reason — we are waiting for the Pepper Hamilton report, which is to report to the board of regents —we are being very cautious about what about what [we] say.”
Starr said the report from Pepper Hamilton should be released "pretty darn soon."