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Former Boise State football player convicted of sexual assault in Texas

Former Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty of sexual assault Thursday in Texas, according to the Waco Tribune.

The victim is a former Baylor soccer player. The crime occurred five-plus months after Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Boise State team by former coach Chris Petersen.

Ukwuachu was a Freshman All-American for the Broncos in 2012 but was dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules in the spring of 2013.

Ukwuachu started 12 games in 2012. He wasn’t on the sideline for the Spring Game in 2013 and Petersen indicated Ukwuachu had “personal things he’s taking care of.” Ukwuachu returned to the program before the end of the semester but his dismissal was announced May 7, 2013.

Ukwuachu transferred to Baylor but hasn’t played since he arrived in the fall of 2013. The school had indicated he would play this season.

The Waco Tribune reported the crime occurred Oct. 20, 2013. Ukwuachu wasn’t charged until the summer of 2014.

Texas Monthly published a story this week with some details about Ukwuachu’s problems at Boise State.

Former Boise police officer Jermaine Galloway testified during the sentencing phase of the trial Thursday that Ukwuachu punched out a window and was suicidal during a Boise incident, the Waco Tribune reported.