WACO, Texas – A member of the Baylor University athletics department was arrested early Saturday morning in a prostitution sting.
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Brandon Washington, 33, was arrested by deputies at a local hotel on a solicitation of prostitution charge, a Class B misdemeanor, reported Waco Tribune. Deputies arrested Washington shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday after he arrived at the hotel to meet a prostitute, McNamara said.
Sex scandal at Baylor
Washington’s arrest comes in the midst of a sexual assault scandal the university has been mired in for more than a year and a half.
The scandal led to the firings of former head football coach Art Briles, along with former President Ken Starr being removed from the presidency. Starr later resigned as a tenured member of the Baylor Law School faculty.
The sheriff identified Washington as a strength coach at Baylor. The university confirmed his employment when he was arrested early Saturday. But they said he was fired upon the school learning of the arrest.
The new Baylor head football coach is Matt Rhule. He was hired away from Temple University in December 2016. He brought Washington with him.
With the program marred in a sex scandal, they wasted no time disassociating with Washington. They released a statement late Monday.
Baylor University Statement
“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.”
“When we arrived at Baylor, we made a commitment to character and integrity in our program,” Rhule said. “Brandon’s actions are completely unacceptable. We will not tolerate conduct that is contradictory to these values.”
Finally, Washington was released from the McLennan County Jail on Saturday after posting $1,000 bond. Although he is out of custody pending his next court appearance, he is also out of a job.