ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two more former University of Missouri students have gone public with assault allegations against ex-running back Derrick Washington, including a women's soccer player who said her coach suggested she could lose her scholarship if she pursued her complaint that Washington punched her in a 2010 bar fight.
The second woman accuses Washington of raping her in a dorm room as a sophomore in 2008. Local prosecutors in that case declined to file criminal charges, despite a request to do so by campus police. Washington instead agreed to not contact the woman and to complete a rape awareness class under a deferred prosecution agreement.
The women made the statements to ESPN's "Outside the Lines" for a report published Thursday.
The report did not name either woman. Police reports and university documents connected to the two incidents also don't identify the complainants.
University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who came to the Columbia campus in February, said Thursday that the school "made mistakes in the past" by not investigating the alleged sex assault as required by the federal Title IX law.
"Our internal processes broke down," said Loftin, a former chancellor at Texas A&M University. "Though there does not appear to be any intentional mishandling of any cases in the (ESPN) report at this time, I make no excuses, and offer my personal apologies and those of my staff to the victims."
Washington, a former co-captain of the team, was convicted in 2011 of deviate sexual assault against a former Missouri athletics tutor while she slept. He served four months of a five-year prison sentence. Missouri's leading rusher as a sophomore and junior was kicked off the team days before the start of his senior season. He completed his college football career at Division II Tuskegee in Alabama.
After his dismissal by Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel, Washington also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend but did not have to serve any additional time. He could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Thursday but told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the 2008 incident involved only consensual sex.
Loftin said the former women's soccer player's assertion that Coach Bryan Blitz threatened to pull her scholarship was investigated and found to be "unsubstantiated" after nearly two dozen interviews with the woman's coaches and teammates.
The chancellor said Blitz was instead expressing concern that the woman's arrest for getting into a fight with Washington's girlfriend could also lead to university discipline should she be found guilty. The woman told police she initially wanted to press charges against Washington after she was punched in the face, but changed her mind after speaking with her coach.
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