Former athlete’s court date set in assault trial

A court date has been set for a former TCU athlete indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual assault by threat, according to the Tarrant County District Clerk’s Office.Shannon Monroe Behling, 20, is set to appear in court Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. Behling, a former basketball player, was indicted Tuesday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault by threat, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office.

Behling, along with two other athletes, Lorenzo L. Jones, 21, a former football player, and Virgil Allen Taylor, 20, a former basketball player, was arrested Oct. 20, 2006, in connection with the assault of an 18-year-old freshman student, according to police.

Jones and Taylor have not been indicted and all three men are currently out on bail, according to the Tarrant County District Clerk’s office.

The victim told police she was lured into the room Oct. 13, 2006, under the pretext that Taylor would repay $8 he owed her. While in Taylor’s room on the third floor of Moncrief Hall, she was offered a sports drink that caused her to pass out between 8 p.m. that night until 7 a.m. of the following day, the woman told police.

The victim told police she later went to the Health Center and said she had been sexually assaulted, according to court records. Police said the victim led them to Taylor and then Taylor helped police identify Jones and Behling as suspects during the investigation, according to court records.

According to a police report, the police recovered $100 and a bra after searching the room, items the victim had reported stolen.

Jones and Taylor were removed from their teams before the arrest for reasons unrelated to the assault and Behling was removed after the arrest.

The three men were separated from the university after the incident, said Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Jones had a misdemeanor assault charge before he was admitted to TCU.