Baylor handling of sex assault cases gets outside probe

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University has hired a Philadelphia law firm to independently investigate the university's handling of sexual assault complaints, including one against defensive end Sam Ukwuachu.

Ukwuachu was sentenced last month to six months in jail and 10 years of probation for sexual assault.

In a statement Wednesday, Baylor regents said Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez, partners in the law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, will lead the investigation. The Baylor statement describes the pair as experts in the institutional response to all aspects of sexual misconduct matters. The attorneys will report their findings to the Baylor University Board of Regents.

University President Ken Starr proposed an independent investigation after reviewing an internal inquiry. He also has proposed appointing a monitor of university athletes' behavior to report directly to him.