WACO (AP) — A one-time All-American who transferred to play football at Baylor University has been convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student athlete in 2013.
A jury in Texas district court found 22-year-old Sam Ukwuachu guilty Thursday of one count of sexual assault.
Prosecutors say Ukwuachu sexually assaulted a former Baylor women’s soccer player at his Waco apartment. Ukwuachu has said the encounter was consensual.
After the verdict, the judge ruled Ukwuachu’s bond insufficient and ordered him jailed. The punishment phase of his trial is to continue Friday. Ukwuachu faces up to 20 years in prison.
The defensive end transferred from Boise State University in 2013 after being dismissed for unspecified reasons, but never played for Baylor. He was ineligible in 2013 and suspended in 2014.
A Baylor official testified that the school investigated the woman’s complaint but didn’t find enough evidence “to move forward.”
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