A new book by ESPN reporters Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach covers Baylor University’s sexual assault scandal that continues to unfold through lawsuits and investigations.
“Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis” hits stores Tuesday.
Key sources of the book include McLennan County Assistant District Attorney Hilary LaBorde; Karla Leeper, former chief of staff to two Baylor presidents; and several women alleging they were sexually assaulted while attending Baylor.
A university statement in response to the book points to Baylor’s new president, athletics director and head football coach and its work to improve how it responds to reports of sexual violence.
“We share the authors’ view that student sexual violence is a complex and important problem that defies simple solutions,” according to the statement. “We are deeply sorry for anyone connected with the Baylor community who has been harmed by sexual violence.”
Regents J. Cary Gray, David Harper, Kim Stevens and Ron Murff also spoke with the authors. The book also contains details from several key legal filings related to the scandal, including one in which regents accuse top athletics officials of covering up reports of crimes allegedly committed by football players.
The book contains details of rape cases against former football players in various stages of the legal process.
Tevin Elliott is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Tre’Von Armstead and Myke Chatman are awaiting trial in connection with an alleged 2013 gang rape that went almost four years without arrests and two years without a university investigation.
An appeals court overturned Sam Ukwuachu’s 2015 sexual assault conviction and remanded the case for a new trial, but prosecutors have asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reinstate the conviction.
The book chronicles the unorthodox Waco police investigation of Ukwuachu. Waco police officer Stephanie Gibson did not gather evidence the day after the alleged rape because she did not know how to spell his name and could not locate his address, according to the book.
LaBorde was critical of Waco police investigations of both Elliott and Ukwuachu.
“I thought (Ukwuachu’s alleged victim’s sexual assault exam) arrived with enough evidence,” LaBorde told Lavigne and Schlabach. “It arrived with injuries on her SANE exam, and those happen in like five to ten percent of adult rapes because that part of the body is meant to deal with that kind of contact. It was a violent rape and from day one everyone knew that. I have no idea why he wasn’t arrested.”
Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton did not return a request for comment.
President Ken Starr, Athletics Director Ian McCaw and head football coach Art Briles lost their jobs in May 2016 as a result of the scandal. Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, hired McCaw as athletics director in November.
The university faces four Title IX lawsuits with 13 plaintiffs alleging the university did not respond to their reports of sexual or domestic violence. Several women have also reached settlements with the university.