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Ex-Baylor football playor Shawn Oakman found not guilty of rape


Shawn Oakman was found not guilty in court Thursday. (McLennan County Sheriff's Office)

Shawn Oakman, the former Baylor University defensive end, has been acquitted of raping another student in 2016.

Oakman, 26, was found not guilty by a McLennan County jury Thursday afternoon, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

The athlete was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend at his off-campus apartment in April 2016 after the two had gone out drinking together.

His accuser, who was not publicly identified, testified in court that Oakman had to hold her up because she was so drunk, but that her memory of the night is “spotty,” according to the Tribune-Herald.

She claimed that Oakman somehow got her back to his place, at which point she allegedly remembered being face-down on his bed while he stripped and raped her twice.

Oakman's attorneys disagreed and said that the sex had been consensual.

The football player had been arrested in April 2016, 10 days after the alleged assault, and indicted two months later on second-degree felony sex charges.

Baylor head football coach Art Briles was fired about six weeks after Oakman’s arrest following a damning report about the mishandling of repeated sexual and physical assault allegations made against his players.

"We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University's mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students," Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, wrote in a statement at the time.

"The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students."

Baylor President Ken Starr was also fired in May 2016.

According to the explosive Pepper Hamilton report, football staff members repeatedly failed to report allegations made against their players. School administrators also allegedly encouraged victims not to report the crimes.

Once considered a potential high draft pick, Oakman went undrafted in 2017.