Remember the gigantic human being that was Shawn Oakman? He was the Baylor Bears defensive end that seemed to be made in a lab.
Oakman was accused of raping another student in 2016. The student claimed she was drinking and intoxicated when the assault occurred. She testified that she wanted to leave his duplex, but he wouldn’t allow her.
WACO, Texas — A Central Texas jury on Thursday found a former Baylor University football player not guilty of raping another student in 2016, the latest case linked to a scandal that rocked the nation’s largest Baptist university and led to the departure of several top leaders.
The McLennan County jury deliberated about two hours in Waco before acquitting Shawn Oakman of sexual assault.
The woman who says she was raped testified earlier that she’d been drinking and was intoxicated when Oakman assaulted her. She said she told Oakman that she wanted to leave his duplex that night but he wouldn’t allow it.
Oakman’s attorney told jurors that the two wanted to be together that night and that they had consensual sex.
Oakman’s family and friends had huddled in prayer during the deliberations and screamed in glee when the verdict was read. Oakman cried and hugged his attorneys.
Oakman, 26, is the Bears’ career leader in quarterback sacks.
Baylor University was accused of failing for years to properly investigate sexual assault allegations involving students. Football players Tevin Elliott in 2014 and Sam Ukwuachu in 2015 were convicted of sexual assault. [More]