Baylor University has retained the services of outside counsel for an internal investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse cases.
Yahoo News reports:
Outside lawyers to probe Baylor University’s handling of sex abuse
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Baylor University President Ken Starr, who gained prominence for his investigation of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s sex life, will have an independent investigation looking at how his school responds to sexual misconduct.
Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist university, has faced criticism for not doing enough to investigate and discipline a member of its football team who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who played on the school’s women’s soccer team. The player, Sam Ukwuachu, was convicted in August of sexual assault and given six months in jail.
A Baylor official told a court in the central Texas city of Waco that the university looked into the woman’s complaint but did not find enough evidence to hold a disciplinary hearing. A judge deemed Baylor’s investigation so deficient that defense lawyers were barred from citing it during Ukwuachu’s trial.
The Baylor Board of Regents this week said it hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton “to conduct a thorough and independent external investigation into the university’s handling of cases of alleged sexual violence.”
Outside lawyers to probe Baylor University's handling of sex abuse (Yahoo News)