OSBI now leading investigation into Bixby sexual assault involving football players

Bixby Public Schools (KTUL)

BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) -- State agents are now leading the investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving Bixby high school football players.

Bixby police on Wednesday released a timeline of events from when they first learned about the incident at the beginning of November.

Assistant Police Chief Andy Choate says rumors circulated for a week about a possible sexual assault or hazing incident. On Nov. 2, Choate says Bixby Public Schools notified the police department about an ongoing investigation involving an incident with students.

On Nov. 9, investigators with the Bixby Police Department determined there was enough evidence to launch their own investigation. Choate says that same day, BPD asked for assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Choate says OSBI is the lead agency on the case and now Bixby police investigators are only assisting.

According to the police report, four high school football players are under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a teammate.

The school released the following statement last week but hasn't commented since:

On November 9, 2017, the Bixby Board of Education went into executive session to discuss with its outside independent legal counsel an ongoing investigation involving certain Bixby High School students. Under state and federal law the District, including its board of education and staff, is precluded from commenting on any facts or information involving any students or employees who may be involved in the investigation. As a result, throughout this investigation the Board and its staff will have no comment on the investigation, including but not limited to the nature and scope of the investigation or the persons or subject matter of the investigation. If, as a result of the investigation, the Board is required to take any action, it will do so pursuant to a proper agenda item and in open session. No further comments on this matter will be made by members of the Board or relevant staff at this time.
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