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Appeals court overturns Sam Ukwuachu's conviction on sexual assault charges

Appeals court overturns Sam Ukwuachu's conviction on sexual assault charges
Published On: Thu, Mar 23
Sep 21, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes strength Rick Court against Florida A&M Rattlers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

A Texas appeals court ruled late Wednesday to overturn the sexual assault conviction of former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu and grant him a new trial.

A three-judge panel determined that the trial court should have allowed into evidence a series of text messages between the accuser and a friend of hers made immediately before the alleged assault in October 2013. The messages implied past sexual behavior between the woman and Ukwuachu, which he said indicated her consent to have sex.

Ukwuachu, from Pearland, Texas, was convicted of sexually assaulting a former Baylor women's soccer player in August 2015. The jury recommended that Ukwuachu's sentence be probated, and Texas 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson sentenced Ukwuachu to 180 days in jail, 10 years of felony probation and 400 hours of community service. Johnson also ordered Ukwuachu to register as a sex offender.

A Baylor Title IX investigation had previously found Ukwuachu not responsible for sexually assaulting the woman. He was ineligible in 2013 because of NCAA transfer rules and suspended in 2014, though Baylor never gave a reason for the suspension. He has been taking graduate classes at the school.

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