Two former Baylor University football players have been charged with sexual assault for a gang rape involving a female student in 2013.
A U.S. marshal arrested former Baylor Bears running back Shamycheal Chatman, 23, in Houston, Texas, on Thursday and took him into custody, the Dallas News reported. Chatman’s arrest came one day after his former teammate Tre’Von Armstead was arrested in Port Arthur, Texas. Chatman and Armstead were indicted on the same sexual assault charges, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Law enforcement told local news station KWTX 10 that Chatman and Armstead’s arrests were linked to a woman’s report that she was gang raped by two football players in 2013.
The pair of former Bears were previously named as suspects in a police report about the 2013 incident, but criminal charges were never filed against either of them, according to CBS News.
This week’s arrests are the latest in an ongoing sexual assault scandal surrounding Baylor University’s football program. The sexual assault conviction of former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu helped trigger the university and authorities to investigate other cases. However, a Waco appeals court overturned Ukwuachu’s conviction on Wednesday and ordered that he be given a new trial.
Baylor University has reported that 19 football players have been accused of sexual or physical assault, including four gang rapes, since 2011, according to Dallas News.
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