Former Baylor All-America defensive end Shawn Oakman was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges of second-degree felony sexual assault in Waco, Texas.
The school’s all-time sack leader, Oakman was arrested in April after a Baylor graduate student accused him of sexually assaulting her at his apartment on April 3.
A second-degree felony sexual assault typically carries a sentence of two-to-20 years in state prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
“Shawn Oakman maintains his innocence in regard to the recent accusations made against him, and he insists that the sexual relationship in this case was consensual,” Oakman’s attorney, Michelle Tuegel, told the Waco Tribune. “It is unfortunate that this situation has been lumped in with other events that are unrelated. It is important that we not rush to judgment. Every citizen accused of a crime in this country is presumed innocent unless the state proves the accused offense beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
“We look forward to vigorously defending Mr. Oakman and presenting the facts involved in this situation.”
Oakman was not selected in the 2016 draft despite being once considered a potential second- or third-round pick prior to his arrest.
The 24-year-old recorded 128 tackles and 17 1/2 sacks in three seasons with the Bears. He was dismissed from Penn State in 2012 for shoplifting and violating team rules.