A former Baylor University men’s basketball manager was arrested Tuesday night after he repeatedly contacted two women he did not know and sent them sexually explicit social media messages, arrest affidavits state.
Baylor police arrested Alexander Zara, 27, on two misdemeanor charges of harassment.
He sent harassing messages to one woman last month and a second woman this month, according to the affidavits. He did not know either woman before contacting them, the affidavits state.
Zara was a manager for the Baylor basketball team from August 2015 to January 2017, according to the university. Baylor athletics spokesman David Kaye said Zara was removed as a student manager in January.
“Alex Zara was removed as a student manager due to unacceptable behavior that is not reflective of Baylor’s mission and values,” Kaye said in a statement.
Kaye did not offer specifics or address Zara’s arrest.
Officials did not comment on his status as a student, but he is listed as an educational psychology student in the university’s public directory.
According to an arrest affidavit, the woman Zara contacted first blocked his social media account, but he got her cellphone number by lying to two of her friends.
Zara started sending inappropriate text messages, the affidavit states.
“The messages became increasingly obscene, including a picture of Zara holding his penis, suggesting he is well-endowed and they would ‘have a killer time,’ ” the affidavit states. “Zara sent 73 text messages to (the woman) in less than an hour’s time. (The woman) told Zara 17 times to stop messaging her via text message and Facebook.”
Baylor police made contact with Zara, who said he lied to the woman’s friends to get her phone number and that he thought the woman would “enjoy” the photo he sent her, the affidavit states.
The woman said the messages caused her fear and anxiety, prompting her to get a no-contact order from the Baylor Title IX Office, the arrest affidavit states. She also requested housing relocation and had people escort her to and from class.
In February, Zara began harassing another woman at Baylor, who got many “disturbing and crude messages via Facebook from an unknown male,” the second arrest affidavit states. She reported the harassment to Baylor police Feb. 20 and said she did not know Zara before the messages started Feb. 18.
The woman said Zara’s conversation made her uncomfortable, so she blocked him immediately, the arrest affidavit states. Zara continued to contact the woman, accusing her of being promiscuous, asking her if she was a virgin, saying he had a “place” of his own and that he was “tall,” the court document states.
“(The woman) stated these messages caused her fear and anxiety, because it led her to feel that Zara wanted to have a sexual encounter with her,” the arrest affidavit states. “She also stated she was embarrassed due to the accusations made by Zara to her via social media.”
Zara was taken to McLennan County Jail on Tuesday evening. He posted a $2,000 surety bond and was released Wednesday afternoon.