The McLennan County district attorney’s office, located in Waco, Texas, has informally communicated to Baylor University that it would like unbounded access to the university’s investigation into wide-spread allegations of sexual misconduct among its students, Baylor Bears football players included.
According to ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach, sources say the DA’s office has contacted Baylor regarding the Pepper Hamilton investigation; the DA’s office is looking to unearth any potential evidence of further wrongdoing by the school’s student-athletes.
The actions of Baylor’s coaches, faculty and staff will also be looked into.
This whole story began when Sam Ukwuachu, a former defensive end for the Bears, was convicted of sexually assaulting a women’s soccer player in September, spurring university president at the time, Ken Starr, to hire Pepper Hamilton, a Philadelphia-based law firm, to look into the way in which Baylor handled sexual assault allegations.
Gina Smith and Leslie Gomez, both Pepper Hamilton’s partners, claimed they reviewed nearly a million documents and interviewed upwards of 60 people during their investigations.
Smith and Gomez presented their findings to the Baylor board of regents in May, saying there were extensive failures in the school’s Title IX infrastructure and process and that there were issues with the “tone and culture within Baylor’s football program.”
Pepper Hamilton has possession of all information found by Smith and Gomez, while Baylor still has crucial information within its grasp.
Both of these are of interest to the DA, who will seek to expose any further misconduct by Baylor.