Bryan High Grads & College Athletes Accused of Rape

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

They were classmates and athletes at Bryan High. Soon, they'll be fellow inmates at the Walker County Jail.

20-year-old Sean Weatherford and 20-year-old Torlan Pittman have been charged with aggravated sexual assault for an incident Huntsville Police said happened in September.

At the time, Pittman was an Southern Methodist University football player, and Weatherford was a Sam Houston State University baseball player.

In fall of 2007, Pittman was playing defense for Bryan High's football team. The following spring, Weatherford pitched strike-outs for the Vikings. However, Monday, it was police snapping their photos.

Huntsville Police said the department had been investigating the pair since late September, when a 22-year-old woman claimed she was drugged at a party and brought to Weatherford's apartment.

"She remembered getting to the last after party but doesn't remember anything beyond that," said Detective Eric Scott with the Huntsville Police Department.

Police said newly received lab work showed the woman tested positive for a prescription drug investigators believe she didn't knowingly take. They said it intensified the effects of alcohol.

"The impairment that night was severe to the point that she was in and out of consciousness during the time of the assault," said Scott.

Investigators said Weatherford and Pittman admitted to sleeping with the woman, but said it was consensual. However, police said witnesses told them the woman could barely walk that night.

"The way they described it was she was so intoxicated she couldn't stand and he was just almost carrying her across the parking lot," said Scott.

Pittman was picked up at SMU in Dallas. Police said Weatherford was not enrolled at SHSU this semester, and was arrested in Bryan.

Aggravated Sexual Assault is a 2nd degree felony. Weatherford is being held in the Walker County jail on $100,000 bond. Pittman will be transferred there later this week.

SMU Football Coach June Jones said Pittman will be indefinitely suspended from the team until the issue is resolved in court.

"I am in shock," said Jones. "If there is one kid that we feel shocked about something like this its Torlan. This caught us totally by surprise. We feel awful for everyone involved."

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