There is no timeline for Waco police to conclude its investigation of a sexual assault allegation against a high-profile member of Baylor’s 2015 football team, Waco police spokesman Steve Anderson said Friday.
The investigation into an allegation the player sexually assaulted a female student early Sunday morning at his residence near the Baylor University campus is ongoing, Anderson said.
The Tribune-Herald is not naming the player because he has not been arrested, despite him being identified by numerous media outlets, including the Associated Press.
Waco police searched the player’s James Avenue residence Sunday afternoon looking for evidence to support the woman’s claims that he sexually assaulted her between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday.
The suspect told Waco police detectives the sexual contact was consensual and declined comment earlier this week when asked about the alleged incident by the Tribune-Herald.
“I don’t know what you are talking about,” he said outside his residence.
A police affidavit for the search warrant said police were looking for clothing the woman left behind at the suspect’s duplex, 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 his bedroom.
The woman went to the hospital after the alleged assault and was examined by a sexual assault nurse examiner, according to the court records.
The affidavit, drafted by Waco police Detective Sam Key, said the woman met the man at a Baylor-area bar on Speight Avenue and the suspect asked her if she wanted to go to his residence. They walked to his duplex and he “forced” her into a bedroom, according to the affidavit.
The player “forcibly removed” the woman’s clothes, “forced” her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit alleges.
The woman left, but told police she left her panties at the duplex and lost an earring in the bedroom.
Key did not return phone messages on Friday.
Timing in other cases
The investigations of other Baylor students charged in recent years, including two football players, show the varying lengths of police probes in such cases.
Jacob Anderson, former president of Baylor’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity, was arrested on sexual assault charges March 3, 11 days after a woman alleged Anderson assaulted her at a party on South Third Street.
Another former Baylor player, Sam Ukwuachu, was not arrested immediately after a Baylor student reported he sexually assaulted her. Baylor conducted its own investigation into the woman’s allegations against Ukwuachu and concluded there was insufficient evidence “to move forward” with the case. Baylor cleared Ukwuachu to play before he was indicted in June 2014 on the sexual assault charges.
Waco police also investigated the matter for more than four months, closing the case without arresting Ukwuachu. Police officials sent the case to the district attorney’s office for its review of the evidence, and a grand jury indicted Ukwuachu three months later.
Ukwuachu, a former defensive end, was convicted of sexual assault in August and jurors recommended he be placed on probation.
In the case involving Tevin Elliott, a former Baylor defensive end from Mount Pleasant, Waco police arrested Elliott 13 days after a female student said he raped her twice at a party in April 2012.
But that was after at least three other women made similar accusations against Elliott. Elliott is serving 20 years in prison after his trial in 2014.
The former student, Jasmin Hernandez, filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against Baylor last week, alleging Baylor officials failed to take proper action after her accusations and those of other alleged victims. The Tribune-Herald does not normally name sexual assault victims, but Hernandez gave the Tribune-Herald permission to use her name publicly.