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Baylor Reaches Settlement with Victim in Sam Ukwuachu Sexual Assault Case

An end zone marker at McLane Stadium before the Baylor West Virginia matchup at an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2015

Baylor University has reached a settlement with the victim who was sexually assaulted by former Bears defensive end Sam Ukwuachu.

"All I can say is that the matter has been satisfactorily resolved," said John Clune, the attorney who was representing the victim, per Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

On Aug. 20, Jessica Luther and Dan Solomon wrote an in-depth report for Texas Monthly that covered not only Ukwuachu's assault, which took place in October 2013, but Baylor's internal investigation of the incident as well. Major questions were asked about how thorough the school was while examining the victim's allegations.   

As a result of Luther and Solomon's report, Ukwuachu's transfer to Baylor after he was dismissed from Boise State also came under scrutiny. Both Baylor head coach Art Briles and Chris Petersen, who coached the Broncos at the time Ukwuachu was on the team, argued publicly about how much information was exchanged about the player's history prior to the transfer.

Ukwuachu was found guilty in August of sexual assault and sentenced to 180 days in county jail. He will also remain on felony probation for 10 years. He sought a retrial in the case, but his request was denied in October.

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