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OU football: Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault

Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20, according to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by The Oklahoman.
by Jason Kersey Modified: April 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm •  Published: April 16, 2014
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Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20, according to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by The Oklahoman.

>>Update: D.A. declines to prosecute OU's Frank Shannon; School to determine his future

Under Title IX, claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, misconduct and assault brought to the attention of most university staff must be reported. Norman Police are investigating the incident, but had no comment on Wednesday night.

As of Wednesday night, no record of charges had been filed with the Cleveland County District Court.

Shannon was the leading tackler on an Oklahoma team that defeated two-time defending national champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl nearly four months ago.

Shannon did not practice with the team Thursday and did not participate in Saturday’s spring football game on Owen Field. OU coach Bob Stoops said Shannon was dealing with “personal issues.”

According to the report, the woman alleges that after a party, she intended to walk home. Shannon offered her a ride, but said he first needed to drop off friends near his apartment.

Shannon allegedly took the woman into his bedroom. According to the complaint, he came up behind her, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her.

The complainant said Shannon became frustrated when she wouldn’t cooperate.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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