Apr. 14, 2016
Ex-Baylor Star Oakman Arrested On Sexual Assault Charge
((HT: KWTX-TV/Waco Tribune))
Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Waco on a sexual assault charge- almost two weeks after local authorities executed a search warrant at his apartment. The warrant was for his cell phone and his DNA. Oakman was to be booked into a Waco jail late in the afternoon and no bail information was available at posting.
“While we are aware that there appears to be the beginning of an investigation, no charges have been filed and we are cooperating in this investigation,” Oakman’s agent, Kennard McGuire, said in a statement to David Smoak, the program director for ESPN-Central Texas.
The sexual assault Oakman is charged with dates back to the 3rd where he met a woman at a local bar. He claims the sex was consentual at a Waco duplex. The victim says, in court documents, that Oakman forced her into a bedroom, removed her clothes and then forced her on to a bed where he sexually assaulted her.
This is the next step in the process of seeing how Baylor is seemingly tone-deaf to sexual assaults on campus. Paula Lavigne, over at ESPN, has been on the case for quite some time and has uncovered a culture of seeming disinterest in prosecuting athletes for taking advantage of their lot in Waco.
Lavigne has uncovered another instance of Baylor expelling two football players- two years after the fact. She discusses the campus indifference in an interview with Bob Ley on ESPN's "Outside The Lines."