- Jacob Walter Anderson, 23, enrolled at the University of Texas at Dallas after leaving Baylor University amid accusations of sexually assaulting a woman at a party in 2016.
- This week he was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to a charge of unlawful restraint, a downgrade from the original charge of sexual assault.
- UT-Dallas President Richard C. Benson said the school was not aware of the allegations against Anderson until this week.
- UT-Dallas has since banned him from campus, graduation activities, and attending graduate school.
The Baylor fraternity president accused of raping a woman is banned from campus, graduation activities, and attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he had been completing his degree.
UT-Dallas President Richard C. Benson said in a statement Wednesday night that the school was not aware until this week that Jacob Walter Anderson, 23, had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party at Baylor University in February 2016.
“There is nothing more important at UT Dallas than the safety and security of our students,” Benson said in statement released by the school. “Two years ago we admitted a student without knowing their legal history.”
Anderson was given three years of deferred probation on Monday after pleading no contest to a charge of unlawful restraint, a downgrade from the original charge of sexual assault.
He will spend no time in jail and will not have to register as a sex offender.
Anderson withdrew from Baylor about two weeks after the sexual assault allegations surfaced and later enrolled at UT-Dallas, where as of yesterday he was a senior finance major in the School of Management, according to NBC News.
As his sentencing made national headlines, students at UT-Dallas launched a petition on Moveon.org to have Anderson removed from campus.
UT-Dallas responded to the petition by banning Anderson from graduation commencement and graduate school. As of Thursday morning, Anderson was still listed as a student in UT-Dallas’s student directory.
Benson’s statement said: “Based on recent court action and other information over the last several days, that student will not participate in UTD commencement activities, will not attend UT Dallas graduate school and will not be present on campus as a student or as a guest. I am grateful to the UT Dallas students, faculty and other community members who have shared their concerns, disappointment and outrage over this student’s presence on our campus.”
Attorneys for Anderson spoke out about the sentencing on Wednesday night, claiming that the woman who accused Anderson of raping her gave “inconsistent” statements to the prosecution.
In a victim statement in public court on Monday, the woman who accused Anderson of assault told the judge how the plea deal affected her.
“I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist Jacob Walter Anderson go free without any punishment,” the woman said. “He stole my body, virginity and power over my body and you let him keep it all for eternity.”
She has since filed a civil lawsuit asking for $US1 million in damages.
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