Lawsuit contends Baylor failed to act on sex assault claims

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Posted: Mar 31, 2016 2:22 PM
Lawsuit contends Baylor failed to act on sex assault claims

DALLAS (AP) — A woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Baylor University contending the Texas school was "deliberately indifferent" to rape allegations against a former football player who was later convicted of sexually assaulting her.

The lawsuit alleges the largest Baptist school in the country failed to act against Tevin Elliott despite receiving six complaints from women claiming he assaulted them.

The suit was filed by Jasmin Hernandez of Orange County, California. Elliott was convicted in 2014 of sexually assaulting Hernandez. He's serving a 20-year sentence.

Hernandez's attorney says Hernandez wants to speak publicly to draw attention to the case. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify sexual assault victims.

Among Hernandez's allegations are that players were recruited without regard to the harm they might cause others.

The school didn't immediately provide comment.