Former Baylor football player Shawn Oakman accused of sexual assault – Dallas Morning News (blog)
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Updated at 12:39 p.m. Friday:By SARAH MERVOSH AND CLAIRE Z. CARDONA
Former Baylor University defensive end Shawn Oakman has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at a club last weekend.
Waco police have not arrested the 24-year-old NFL draft prospect, but he is named as the suspect in a search warrant affidavit.
A Baylor graduate student told police she was assaulted between 2 and 3 a.m. Sunday after she met Oakman at Scruffy Murphy’s club and accompanied him back to his duplex. Once there, police say Oakman removed her clothing and “forced” her onto the bed, where he sexually assaulted her.
Oakman told police the sex was consensual.
His agent, Kennard McGuire, told ESPN he was aware of the allegations.
“There appears to be the beginning of an investigation,” he said. “No charges have been filed, and we are cooperating with the investigation.”
McGuire could not be reached for further comment Friday.
The accusation comes three weeks before the NFL draft and amid ongoing criticism of how Baylor handles sexual assault allegations, particularly involving football players.
The university came under fire after two Baylor football players who had been allowed to stay on campus were convicted of sexual assault in 2014 and 2015.
Baylor has said it will beef up counselor and investigator staffing and expand sexual assault training to better combat sexual violence.
Police say the woman accusing Oakman underwent a sexual assault exam, which “may contain evidence” from him.
The woman told police she left her underwear and an earring in Oakman’s bedroom. Records show police searched the bedroom and found women’s panties, earrings and bodily fluids, including semen.
The Dallas Morning News does not typically identify people who report being sexually assaulted.
Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman told the Waco Tribune-Herald the school “will cooperate fully with any investigation.”
Oakman, who is 6-foot-9 and weighs 275 pounds, graduated in December with a degree in Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, according to Baylor Athletics.
He grew up in Philadelphia, where he was raised by a single mother who struggled with drug problems, according to CBS Sports. He originally enrolled to play football at Penn State University but was kicked off the team as a freshman for shoplifting a hoagie.
The rape accusation against him comes on the heels of a lawsuit that accuses the university of failing to protect students from another football player.
Former Baylor linebacker Tevin Elliott was convicted of two counts of sexually assaults of a fellow student, Jasmin Hernandez, in 2014. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Hernandez, whose lawyers said she did not request anonymity, sued the university and officials including coach Art Briles last week, saying the school knew other women had accused him of assault but let him stay on campus.
In September, a jury found another football player, Sam Ukwuachu, guilty of sexual assault of a student-athlete after Baylor’s internal investigation had cleared him.
Baylor hired a law firm last fall to review the school’s sexual assault policies and procedures, but the school has not committed to releasing the full findings.
Staff writer Sue Ambrose contributed to this report.Twitter: @smervosh @clairezcardona