Pinkel, Alden say protocol followed for Washington

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm •  Published: August 22, 2014
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden say they followed what they believed to be the school's protocol when former running back Derrick Washington was accused of rape in 2008.

Pinkel said Friday at a news conference that he learned of the allegation in October 2008 but did not take action because no charges were filed.

Alden said he was not aware then of reporting requirements for sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator. Legislation mandates schools to investigate instances of alleged sexual discrimination or violence once it has evidence of an incident.

ESPN reported Thursday two former University of Missouri female students made assault allegations against Washington before the two other cases for which he eventually served jail time.

University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who took over in Columbia 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.

Loftin said the claim against Blitz was found to be "unsubstantiated."

Washington, a former co-captain and starting running back, was suspended from team on August 26, 2010. Later that month, he was charged with deviate sexual assault in connection with a June 2010 sexual assault of former athletic department tutor Teresa Brackel. In 2011, Washington was sentenced to five years in prison for the sexual assault.

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