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Predator pipeline: NCAA looks other way as athletes punished for sex offenses play on

College athletes are implicated in an outsized share of campus sexual assaults.
But while the NCAA disciplines athletes for profiting off their own likeness, nothing in its 440-page Division I rulebook stops those found responsible for sexual or violent misconduct from competing.

Even when expelled, suspended or criminally convicted for sexual offenses, athletes can transfer to other NCAA schools and return to the field in a year or less.

Many coaches are eager to recruit them.

The result?

A pipeline that college athletes disciplined for sexual assault use regularly to resurrect their playing careers and leave sanctions behind.

Part one: NCAA looks other way as athletes punished for sex offenses play on

Two women separately accused University of South Florida football player LaDarrius Jackson of sexual assault in 2017, saying the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end forced himself on them in their own homes.

Police arrested Jackson twice in two weeks on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment. He pleaded not guilty and posted bond while awaiting trial.

The university also opened a student conduct case against the then-22-year-old junior. It determined he violated its policy against “non-consensual sexual intercourse” and expelled him.

Read more from the investigative series here.

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<strong>LaDarrius Jackson in a 2017 booking photo [Courtesy/Hillsborough County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office]</strong>

LaDarrius Jackson in a 2017 booking photo [Courtesy/Hillsborough County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office]

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