Former Baylor player Shawn Oakman out on bond, charged with sexual assault

Posted at 8:40 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 10:51:51-04

It was News Channel 25's editorial decision to hold off on this story until information was independently confirmed and the suspect was arrested.

Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman is now out on a $25,000 bond, facing a charge of sexual assault.

Oakman has been under investigation since April 3 after a woman claimed he raped her. After learning of the investigation, Oakman contacted the victim two times, according to the search warrant affidavit.

According to a search affidavit, the player met the victim at a Waco bar around midnight April 2 or early April 3.

After meeting, the affidavit says Oakman asked the woman if she wanted to go back with him to his residence. The two then walked to a nearby duplex.

Once at the duplex, the woman told police the player forced her into a bedroom, removed her clothes and then forced her on to a bed where he sexually assaulted her.

After the assault the victim was able to leave, but said she left her underwear in the suspect's room.

The victim was then treated for her injuries and had a sexual assault examination done at Providence Media Center within hours of the rape, court documents indicate.

Once a report of the rape came in to the Waco Police Department on April 3, a search warrant was filed for Oakman's home on April 4

Items considered as evidence included the victim's underwear, earrings, blood, semen, hair, skin cells and bed sheets.

On the morning of April 3, Oakman tweeted, "the devil will come and try to strip you of everything you worked for." His tweet has since been deleted.

These new allegations come as Baylor is in the middle of what is know as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month."

In a statement, the university said they "will cooperate fully with Waco Police on the investigation."

The university also released this statement:

We are aware of the arrest of Shawn Oakman, a graduate of Baylor University and a former member of the football team. We will continue to cooperate with the Waco Police Department to provide any information that could be helpful to the ongoing investigation. We suggest inquiries be directed to Waco PD.

Oakman came to Baylor from Penn State after he was kicked off the team in 2012. While with the Bears, he was considered one of team's all-star player. He graduated in December 2015 and is in the NFL draft.

Since 2013 Baylor has had a number of other sexual assault incidents. Two football players, Sam Ukwuachu and Tevin Elliot, were convicted of sexually assaulting students in the last three years. 

In 2015, Ukwuachu was convicted of raping a fellow student two years ago prior in his apartment near campus.

Ukwuachu's victim, a 20-year-old former Baylor athlete who has now transferred to another university, testified she resisted during the attack, and he told her what he was doing "wasn't rape" and asked her if she was going to call police.

Elliot was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault in 2014.

One victim filed a Title IX lawsuit against Baylor last week, claiming she was just one of no less than six female students who said Elliott sexually assaulted them and Baylor knew about those accusations. Elliott claimed in court any sexual encounters were consensual. 

News Channel 25's Taylor Corbett contributed to this report.

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