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State Investigating Baylor’s Handling of Sexual Assault Allegations

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The Texas Rangers conducting a “preliminary investigation.”

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After collecting her 500th collegiate victory the other night, Baylor’s Kim Mulkey took the opportunity to finally speak out on the 18-month long sexual abuse scandal on the Baylor Campus.

Mulkey suggested that “If somebody is around you and they ever say ‘I will never send my daughter to Baylor,’ you knock them right in the face.” She also said that Baylor was no different than any other campus and it was time to “move on.”

Mulkey quickly backtracked on those comments, and today there is more evidence that the “just move on” crowd in Waco will not get their way.

According to ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” the State’s top criminal investigation agency - the Texas Rangers - is looking into possible wrongdoing in the handling of sexual assault allegations on the Baylor campus.

The Rangers confirmed that they are working with a Waco prosecutor to determine how Baylor officials and the university's police department responded to allegations of sexual assault and if any further legal action is warranted.

Just last week, State Representative Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio), introduced Texas House Resolution 664 which called for a criminal investigation into the Baylor allegations.

"I'm very proud of the fact that our elite team of investigators has seen that there's a need to go in there and look at what happened over the last 5-6 years and really to see if there's an obstruction of justice," Gutierrez said Wednesday on the Capital Gains podcast with Andy Katz and Rick Klein.

Several lawsuits filed against Baylor are still working their way through the federal court system. They include five filed on behalf of women who allege the university failed to properly respond to and address allegations of sexual assault committed by students, including football players.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is investigating Baylor over possible Title IX violations, and representatives of that office were scheduled to be in Waco, Texas, this week to meet with students and faculty members.

Outside the Lines has also reported that sources told them that the district attorney's office was examining police incident reports to determine if additional players might be charged with crimes, and if Baylor officials, including football coaches, might be charged with obstruction of justice or tampering with witnesses.