Former TU athlete arrested on sexual assault charge

TU’s recent trend of sexual violence on campus continued two weeks ago with the news that Will Barrow, a former defensive back for the Golden Hurricane from 2013-2016, was arrested in his home city of Dallas. He was transferred to the Tulsa County Jail Aug. 9.
Barrow, 22, had been charged with felony rape by instrumentation and felony sexual battery in Tulsa County in July following a reported incident in his on-campus apartment last March.
Court records indicate that Barrow and a female TU student had been communicating over Snapchat and shared a class during the spring semester. He then invited the student over to his apartment on March 3, where “[he] became aggressive rather quickly” according to the police affidavit. Barrow purportedly strangled and molested the female student before she was able to leave, accusations he denied when questioned by Tulsa police in March.
However, Barrow also admitted in a separate interview with University of Tulsa campus police officers that he may have gotten “caught in the moment,” although he maintained that the female student had never given any indication that she was uncomfortable.
Barrow’s arrest is the fourth such incident involving TU students in the past year. In June, former men’s soccer player Lesley Nchanji was arrested following accusations of raping a fellow student after an apartment party. Colton Bradley Horton, a West Point cadet and Tulsa native, was recently charged with raping a TU student in her on-campus apartment in July. Luis Alberto Molina, a former TU student facing charges of rape, sexual battery, peeping tom, burglary and larceny was also transferred to the Tulsa jail in August following an extradition battle with San Antonio police.
In a letter to University of Tulsa staff, president Gerard Clancy acknowledged the urgency of these problems but maintained that the administration is “not sitting back.” He laid out a number of measures that the school has taken recently to help prevent future sexual assaults, as well as to provide service to the victims of these crimes. These include enhanced security measures, new education programs for alcohol abuse and consent, and the creation of positions such as violence prevention coordinator, survivor advocate, and Title IX coordinator.

Post Author: Justin Guglielmetti

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