Waco police are investigating a sexual assault allegation against a prominent player from Baylor University’s 2015 football team after a fellow student reported the player assaulted her early Sunday morning.
The Tribune-Herald is not naming the athlete because he has not been arrested.
The player declined comment Monday when asked about the allegation.
“I don’t know what you are talking about,” he said.
Waco police searched the player’s residence near the Baylor campus Sunday afternoon looking for evidence to support the woman’s claims that the player sexually assaulted her between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday.
The suspect told Waco police detectives the sexual contact was consensual.
A police affidavit for the search warrant said police were looking for clothing the woman left behind at the player’s residence, 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 the suspect’s 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 nightclub and he asked her if she wanted to go to his residence. They walked to the nearby duplex and the player “forced” her into a bedroom, according to the affidavit.
He “forcibly removed” the woman’s clothes, “forced” her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit alleges.
The woman fled after the assault but told police she left her panties at the duplex and lost an earring in the bedroom.
“Investigating officers briefly spoke with suspect and he admitted to only having consensual sex with victim,” the affidavit states.
Key declined comment this week other than to say his investigation is ongoing.
Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said the school “will cooperate fully with any investigation.”
Baylor has come under fire in recent months regarding its handling of students’ reports of sexual assault. The school currently is studying ways to improve its response to sexual assault allegations after two former Baylor football players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, were convicted of sexually assaulting students.
Elliott, a former defensive end from Mount Pleasant, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 in 2014 after his conviction on two counts of sexually assaulting former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez at a party at a Waco apartment complex in 2012. The Tribune-Herald does not normally name sexual assault victims, but Hernandez gave permission to use her name publicly.
Two other former Baylor students testified at Elliott’s trial that Elliott sexually assaulted them, and there was evidence that a fourth student reported he sexually assaulted her.
Hernandez filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against Baylor last week, alleging Baylor officials were indifferent to her report of sexual assault and knew of Elliott’s proclivity toward violence against women.
Sam Ukwuachu, another former defensive end for Baylor, was convicted of sexual assault in August, and jurors recommended he be placed on probation. After that trial, Baylor asked Baylor Law School professor Jeremy Counseller to conduct an internal review of the school’s practices regarding reported sexual assaults. The university then hired Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton LLC to review the school’s procedures and make recommendations about how to improve its responses. Baylor has yet to receive the law firm’s report and has not said whether it will publicly release the report.
Baylor reached an undisclosed settlement with Ukwuachu’s sexual assault victim. No lawsuit was filed, but the family of Ukwuachu’s victim retained the services of Boulder, Colorado-based lawyers John Clune and Chris Ford.