Shawn Oakman

Oakman

Former Baylor University defensive end Shawn Oakman made a court appearance Friday, his first since he was indicted in July on charges he sexually assaulted another student.

Oakman, who is free on bond, wasn’t in court long, as 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother postponed Oakman’s tentative Feb. 14 trial date and instructed prosecutors and Oakman’s attorney, Michelle Tuegel, to work out a date for a priority setting for Oakman’s trial.

There was no indication Friday when that might be, but court officials set another tentative trial date for April 18 until a priority setting is ironed out.

“We are still in the middle of the discovery process,” Tuegel said Friday. “I have asked for additional information from the district attorney that by law they are obligated to give me. That is all part of the process, and we continue to work the case. We look forward to Mr. Oakman having his day in court.”

Oakman, 24, is charged with one count of sexually assaulting a Baylor graduate student at his James Avenue duplex on April 3.

Oakman told police detectives he had consensual sex with the woman, and Tuegel has said Oakman and the woman had “numerous consensual sexual encounters that occurred over a period of time before the alleged incident on April 3.”

Waco police searched Oakman’s residence April 3 looking for evidence to support the woman’s claims that Oakman sexually assaulted her between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. that day. Police also executed search warrants for his DNA and his cellphone.

A police affidavit for the search warrant said police were looking for clothing the woman left behind at Oakman’s duplex, as well as earrings, blood, semen, bodily fluids, hair, skin cells, DNA, bedsheets and other items.

Court documents indicate officers seized two comforters, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet from Oakman’s bedroom.

Oakman made an appearance in Baylor’s locker room after a win over Rice University in September. Baylor officials later said Oakman was not invited and would not be allowed in the locker room in the future.

Oakman was dismissed from his first school, Pennsylvania State University, in 2012 for shoplifting and a violation of team rules. The 6-foot-8, 287-pound defensive end went to high school in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

Former Baylor head football coach Art Briles gave Oakman a second chance, but Briles suspended Oakman for the team’s season opener against Southern Methodist University for unspecified rules violations.

Two other former Baylor defensive ends — Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu — were convicted on sexual assault charges in 2014 and 2015, respectively, stemming from incidents while they were connected with the team.

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