Athletes, assaults and inaction

"Despite its knowledge of at least one, and as many as three prior allegations of sexual assault and misconduct perpetrated by Swilling, TU undertook zero investigation of his conduct and permitted Swilling to continue to attend TU," the lawsuit states. "... TU was deliberately indifferent to the substantial risk that Swilling would sexually harass other female students at TU. As a result of TU's deliberate indifference, Plaintiff was subjected to extreme sexual harassment in the form of rape by Swilling."

"Outside the Lines" found that the first allegation against Swilling came at the College of Southern Idaho, when the mother of sophomore Lexi Mallory reported to the men's basketball coach that Swilling had raped her daughter.

The coach, who told her mother that campus policies didn't allow for such an incident to be investigated, forwarded her email to his athletic director, who called college president Jerry Beck. Beck told "Outside the Lines" that he agreed with the decision to let city police handle the allegation.

"We don't have people who are trained in dealing with that type of thing," said Beck, who retired last summer.

But the College of Southern Idaho had what's known as a Title IX coordinator, someone whose job is to investigate gender equity complaints, including cases of sexual assault.

That coordinator is Monty Arrossa, and he said the first time he heard about Mallory's alleged assault was when "Outside the Lines" made a public records request this year for documents related to Swilling. Arrossa said the former president never informed him nor the former dean of students.

"We should have contacted the student. We should have investigated this," he said. "Because that's our policy."

Mallory dropped out, which is something Arrossa said was "devastating" to hear.

She has yet to finish her degree. She moved to Boise, Idaho, where she works in retail and cares for her infant son.

Ross, the student at Tulsa, withdrew from classes in the spring because, according to the lawsuit, she felt the university disregarded her safety.

Swilling was suspended from the team by then-coach Danny Manning on Feb. 12 because of the Ross investigation. Six weeks later, Tulsa dean of students Yolanda Taylor cleared Swilling. In late April, the Tulsa district attorney's office declined to press charges against Swilling.

On Wednesday afternoon, Swilling's attorney, Corbin Brewster, confirmed that a letter sent via social media defending his client was written by Swilling.

In the document, which includes pictures of Ross and some of her social media posts, Swilling vigorously defends himself against all of the women's claims and criticizes ESPN's reporting. He noted that he was not charged with any crimes and that there is a double standard that exists when it comes to people who accuse others of crimes.

"I have proven my innocence and continue to persevere through these tough times," he wrote. "I have been verbally abused, harassed, constantly sent harsh things on social media and even received death threats on multiple occasions.

"... My life has changed drastically since these allegations have been brought against me. I've lost friends, I've lost loved ones, my goals have changed, my image has change [sic] and I've lost Patrick Swilling Jr. in it all. I'm not the same person I was before the allegations, I can't be."

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