Baylor football coach arrested on prostitution charges, university faces 6 lawsuits

By Forrest Hanson For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Brandon Washington, a 33-year-old football coach at Baylor University, was arrested on a solicitation of prostitution chargeA Baylor University strength and conditioning coach was arrested on Saturday on a solicitation of prostitution charge.

Deputies arrested Brandon Washington, 33, at a Waco-area hotel after midnight, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Washington, a coach for the Baylor Bears football team, had been at the hotel to solicit a prostitute.

A Baylor athletics department statement Monday said Washington was fired Saturday after school officials learned that he had been arrested earlier in the day.

The full statement, reported by the Waco Tribune, said: ‘After a full criminal background check was completed and cleared, Brandon Washington was recently hired as an assistant in the Football Strength and Conditioning area.

‘Baylor was notified on February 4 of Brandon Washington’s arrest and terminated his employment immediately that day.’

In 2016, Washington was employed as a strength coach at Temple University, where Baylor’s new head coach Matt Rhule was hired from in December.

Rhule told the Tribune: ‘When we arrived at Baylor, we made a commitment to character and integrity in our program.’

Former head coach Art Briles was fired in May 2016 after it was determined his program acted 'above the rules' and the school mishandled assault complaints across campus for years

Former head coach Art Briles was fired in May 2016 after it was determined his program acted ‘above the rules’ and the school mishandled assault complaints across campus for years

He added: ‘Brandon’s actions are completely unacceptable.’

 Washington was released from jail on Saturday after posting $1,000 bond.

The class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Washington has no listed telephone number.

Baylor faces at least six federal and state lawsuits as well as a federal civil rights investigation into claims the school and football program, which former head coach Art Briles built into a Big 12 champion from 2008-2016, ignored, mishandled or tried to cover up reports of sexual or physical abuse and other criminal misdeeds across campus for years.

One court filing from late January alleges more than 50 acts of rape by more than 30 football players over a four-year period, and that Baylor football promoted a culture of ‘sex, drugs and violence.’

To date, only two of Briles’ former players have been tried and convicted of sexual assault, and another is currently charged in a 2016 assault.

But the university’s own investigation that led to Briles’ firing last May determined his program acted ‘above the rules’ and the school mishandled assault complaints across campus for years.

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