Baylor sexual assault scandal: Police reports not shared, new policies delayed
A deeper look at Baylor scandal aired Tuesday on '60 Minutes Sports'
Baylor's sexual assault scandal was the focus of a months-long investigation by CBS News' Armen Keteyian. His report, along with a jaw-dropping series of interviews with the scandal's key players, aired Tuesday on Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports.
CBS News found that 17 female students reported sexual or domestic assault charges against 19 Baylor football players since 2011, including at least four alleged gang rapes. Some of the information uncovered in the investigation was confirmed by Baylor's regents in discussions with the Wall Street Journal last week, and other aspects of this scandal -- like the measures taken by Baylor since the dismissal of Art Briles -- were also made available in the school's newly launched "The Truth" website online.
Two of the primary subjects of Tuesday's report are Reagan Ramsower, the senior vice president in charge of campus safety, and Patty Crawford, the school's former Title IX coordinator who is now taking legal action against the school. The conflict between the two offices was a primary focus of the report, but there were also new details uncovered from before Crawford's arrival.
Successful volleyball coach Jim Barnes reported to the athletic director that one of his players was sexually assaulted by a football player. He was later fired, which also came after two losing seasons in a row. Laprise Williams, an acrobatics and tumbling coach who reported an alleged sexual assault by a football player to the school, was allegedly told "she should stick to coaching." When asked about the allegations, Baylor denied retaliating against any coaches for reporting sexual harassment.
Crawford was responsible for helping implement the recommendations from the Pepper Hamilton report, commissioned by Baylor, which were accepted as mandate. While some public comments after her arrival in November 2014 suggested progress in Waco, Texas, Crawford now says that increased reporting of sexual assault was something the university did not want, alleging that senior leadership is more interested in protecting "the brand" than the students.
Crawford's comments in the 60 Minutes Sports feature indicated not only that it took nine months for her sexual assault allegation policies to be passed -- because "they didn't exist" -- but that hundreds of women visited her in the first months of her time at the school, finding little to no help from authorities.
"I was told by many -- women and complainants that I worked with, that they had filed police reports, whether it was with Baylor Police, Waco Police, but I was having a very hard time getting access to those reports, even though these cases have been closed," Crawford said.
Ramsower spoke with Keteyian regarding the gang-rape allegations against former Baylor players Tre'von Armsted and Shamychael Chatman in 2013. A Waco police report stated that Baylor was "contacted" about the incident but criminal charges were never filed against either player.
Ramsower is described by Crawford as a figure that often "clashed" with the Title IX office. In the report he said the Baylor campus police (a group he oversees) had a history of burying sexual-assault complaints.
"There was a police report. I suppose it -- stayed with the police department. It never came outta the police department," Ramsower said of the allegations against Armstead and Chatman. "That was -- that was a significant failure to respond by the police department. There's no doubt about it."
Armstead was named an All-Big 12 tight end in 2014 -- after the alleged incident. He was then dismissed in September 2015 for a "team rules violation."
ESPN's Outside the Lines revealed in April that Baylor did not investigate the rape allegations against Armstead and Chatman for two years in one of a string of revelations that led to Briles' dismissal in May.
Crawford also claims that, during an emergency meeting at then-president Kenneth Starr's office following the sexual-assault conviction of defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, Ramsower claimed her work was not based in fact because "those women had mental illness[es]."
Ramsower, posed with the question of whether he made that statement in the closed-door meeting, took a pause before responding. "I did not say that. No, I absolutely did not say that," he said.
Crawford further claimed that Ramsower once ranted to her for 60-90 minutes and told her to never put anything in writing to him via email ever again. Ramsower also calls that "a complete fabrication."
Ramsower was ultimately defended by interim president David Garland, who said "his office is right next to mine" and tried to turn the attention to the efforts the school has made to improve its handling of sexual-assault cases.
"I think the leadership, ultimately, is the one to be held accountable I don't know of any other university that -- took -- took this case head on and removed the president, the athletic director, and an extremely successful and popular football coach. That's how seriously we took what happened here at Baylor," Garland said.
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