More than a week after being accused of sexual assault, former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was arrested Wednesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the 24-year-old Oakman was “waiting to be booked into jail” on a sexual assault charge, according to the Waco Tribune. The arrest comes after a female Baylor student accused Oakman of sexually assaulting her in the early morning hours of April 3 after the two left a nightclub together.
Police records say the two returned to Oakman’s residence, where she said he “forcibly removed” her clothing, “forced” her onto a bed and assaulted her. Oakman, Baylor’s all-time sack leader and an NFL prospect, told police the sexual contact was consensual.
From the Tribune:
Waco police searched his James Avenue residence on April 3 looking for evidence to support the woman’s claims that Oakman sexually assaulted her between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. that same day.
A police affidavit for the search warrant said police were looking for clothing the woman left behind at Oakman’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 Oakman’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 6-foot-9, 275-pound Oakman, who graduated in December, was a standout defensive lineman for the Bears, registering a combined 84 tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks in his junior and senior seasons. Oakman landed at Baylor in 2012 after beginning his career at Penn State, where he was dismissed for violating team rules.
Two other former Baylor players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, have been convicted of sexual assault in recent years. Additionally, a report emerged Wednesday saying the school waited two years to investigate a claim against two players. Tight end Tre’Von Armstead and practice player Myke Chatman were accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2013. Armstead was dismissed from the program in September 2015, while Chatman left Baylor in 2012 to play at FCS Sam Houston State.
The school has been heavily criticized for its handling of these cases and hired a law firm to conduct a review of its policies and procedures.
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