REPORT: Baylor Athletics Program Under Investigation After Sexual Assault Allegations

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WACO, Texas — According to a breaking news report by KWTX Channel 10, at least two redshirt Baylor football players are being investigated in connection with a sexual assault report involving members of the school’s Equestrian team.

The report stated the information surfaced through several sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

The alleged incident occurred at the University Parks Apartments near campus late Nov. 11 and into the early morning hours of Nov. 12. It reportedly occurred after the Baylor ‘s loss to Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium. University officials could not be reached by TexasHSFootball on Friday.

According to the KWTX report, Baylor’s online crime log says the incident was reported on Nov. 14 as “Alcohol-Minors Consuming/Sexual Assault.” It  was referred to the school’s Judicial Affairs and Title IX offices. Two heavily redacted police reports obtained by KWTX, however, stated only that campus officers took reports of the sexual assault.

Those reports —one an incident report and the other a criminal case report— were dated Nov. 17 and the discrepancies weren’t explained. They identify the complainant as Jane Doe 2 and the victim as Jane Doe.

Both are students and four to five sources familiar with the incident say both are members of the schools equestrian team. The reports also indicated four students were interviewed as potential suspects.

No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed, but the reports indicate the investigation is active.

The incident marks another in a long line of university violations but the first during first-year Head Coach Matt Rhule’s tenure. The program’s former coach, Art Briles, was initially suspended in May after an outside investigation into the sexual assault scandal that resulted in the suspension of athletic director Ian McCaw and the demotion of president Ken Starr.

Baylor fired Briles on May 26. McCaw and Starr — part of the legal team that adjudicated acontroversial investigation of former President Bill Clinton’s administration — resigned May 29 and June 1, 2017, respectively.

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