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Jacob Anderson

The former president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Baylor University was indicted Wednesday on four counts of sexual assault in an alleged incident in February at a fraternity party.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Jacob Walter Anderson, 21, of Garland. Anderson was arrested after a female Baylor student reported she was sexually assaulted at a house in the 2600 block of South Third Street on Feb. 21. Hospital officials notified Waco police of the alleged assault.

The woman underwent a sexual-assault medical exam at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center and hospital officials notified Waco police of the alleged assault, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

“The female said that she had been at a party at a fraternity in South Waco. She said she was handed a drink of some kind of punch and was told, ‘Here you go. Drink this,’ ” Swanton said. “She said shortly after that she became very disoriented, was taken outside by our suspect, who is Jacob Walter Anderson, and she said when they got outside, Anderson forcibly sexually assaulted her.”

According to the arrest affidavit, Anderson, a Baylor junior, took the victim “to a secluded part of the grounds behind a tent in order to get some air, however once away from everyone else attending the party” he sexually assaulted the woman.

The woman reportedly lost consciousness, according to court records. She awoke alone a short time later in the same outside area before returning to the house and finding a friend, who took her immediately to the hospital.

After Anderson’s arrest in March, he was removed from Phi Delta Theta and the fraternity’s operations at Baylor were suspended pending results of investigations into the reported sexual assault and underage drinking.

Anderson remains free on bail. Sexual assault is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The recent sexual assault arrests of Anderson and former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman, and sexual assault convictions of former Baylor defensive ends Tevin Elliott in 2014 and Sam Ukwuachu in August, have thrust Baylor into the national spotlight for the manner in which it has handled the sexual assault reports.

After Ukwuachu’s conviction, Baylor enlisted Baylor Law School professor Jeremy Counseller to investigate how the school responded to sexual assault accusations. The school has declined to release Counseller’s report and since has hired the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton to review the school’s procedures and to make recommendations for the future.

Baylor officials have said they are uncertain if or how they plan to make that report public.

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