Athletes, assaults and inaction

When felony charges were imminent, football coach Gary Pinkel suspended Washington from the team, but he remained on scholarship and on campus. Washington was charged with felony deviate sexual assault on Aug. 30, 2010.

Thirteen days later, while Washington was out on bail, police arrested him again. This time it was for beating up his former girlfriend, who told police that Washington struck her in the face multiple times after they got into an argument at her apartment.

An officer wrote in a report that the woman had some hemorrhaging around her left eye, consistent with her report that Washington had tried to "push her eyeballs into her skull."

Washington withdrew from the university and moved home to live with his parents near Kansas City, Missouri.

In September 2011, a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting Braeckel, and a judge sentenced him to five years in prison. He served four months as part of a first-time offenders program and had to register as a sex offender. In February 2012, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree domestic assault for the attack on his former girlfriend and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which he served concurrently with the deviate sexual assault sentence.

Washington used his final year of playing eligibility at Tuskegee University and worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots last year but was never signed. On his Twitter account, he recently indicated he was still enrolled at Tuskegee and working to finish his degree.

Braeckel said she left the school over the incident and moved home, giving up job opportunities in the District of Columbia.

"It was time for me to just kind of close the shutters and be by myself and to try to feel safe and to cope with what had happened," she said.

She also sought counseling.

Braeckel and the woman from the 2008 incident signed forms to waive their privacy rights so as to allow Missouri officials to discuss their cases with "Outside the Lines." But Missouri president Tim Wolfe, athletic director Mike Alden and Pinkel declined to answer questions, and a university spokeswoman said the school would not make anyone else available for an interview.

Braeckel said she places some of the blame directly on Missouri for not acting sooner on other women's complaints about Washington.

"Maybe his whereabouts would have been monitored. Maybe Coach would have told him, 'You need to watch yourself,'" she said.

"No one should have been the first. And none of us should have been the last."

Lawsuit: Tulsa failed to protect woman

A lawsuit filed in federal court Monday alleges that the University of Tulsa failed to protect a student from one of its prominent basketball players who has a history of facing sexual assault allegations.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Abigail Ross, a sophomore at Tulsa, states that basketball player Patrick Swilling Jr. raped her in January. It outlines three prior alleged incidents involving Swilling: from a woman who reported in 2012 that he raped her while the two were students at the College of Southern Idaho; a woman at Tulsa who reported a sexual assault to campus security; and a woman who said Swilling tried to sexually assault her before friends intervened.

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