Sam Ukwuachu


Testimony is set to begin Tuesday morning in the trial of a Baylor University football player charged with the sexual assault of a Baylor student in 2013.

Sam Ukwuachu, formerly a freshman All-American at Boise State University, is on trial in Waco’s 54th State District Court on two counts of sexual assault in an alleged off-campus incident.

Prosecutors Hilary LaBorde and Robert Moody and defense attorney Jonathan Sibley selected a jury Monday afternoon to hear the case.

Ukwuachu, 22, who went to Pearland High School, graduated from Baylor in May and is taking graduate courses.

He has not played at Baylor since transferring from Boise State in 2013 after he was dismissed from the team for violating unspecified rules.

He is charged with sexually assaulting a former Baylor student at a South Waco apartment on Oct. 20, 2013.

Waco police interviewed the woman and filed a report but suspended the case without arresting Ukwuachu, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Police forwarded the case in March 2014 to the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office. Ukwuachu was indicted three months later, according to court records.

Ukwuachu’s attorney, Jonathan Sibley, said Ukwuachu and the woman had a prior relationship, the encounter was consensual and her assault allegations came “out of the blue.”

“We are looking forward to the trial,” Sibley said earlier this month. “Sam passed a polygraph exam, he’s been cleared by Baylor and has graduated and is 100 percent innocent of these charges against him.

He has done everything a man can do to clear his name, and he is looking forward to the trial so he can finally do that.”

Sibley said Baylor cleared Ukwuachu to play but rescinded the privilege after he was indicted. Sibley said he thinks Baylor will allow him to play if he is acquitted at trial.

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