Prominent SMU Student Indicted On Sex Assault Charges

The attack was subject of campus crime alert

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    Dallas County Sheriff
    John David Mahaffey, 19, was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted another male student on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

    A fourth-generation Southern Methodist University student arrested in September on charges he sexually assaulted another male student on campus has been indicted.

    John David Mahaffey, 19, a sophomore finance major, was suspended from his fraternity and banned from campus during the investigation.

    Prominent SMU Student Charged With Sex Assault

    [DFW] Prominent SMU Student Charged With Sex Assault
    John David Mahaffey, 19, was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted another male student on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

    On Friday he was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a charge of alleged sexual assault by mouth.

    According to police, the alleged victim said he was attacked twice – once in a campus parking garage and again near the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where Mahaffey is a member.

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    Southern Methodist University say a student reported being sexually assaulted over the weekend, it's the fourth sexual assault reported at SMU this year.

    An affidavit of probable cause filed by an SMU police investigator provides graphic details.

    Mahaffey forced the other student to perform a sexual act on him, the officer said.

    "Victim stated ‘NO’ and ‘STOP’ several times but felt intimidated and physically forced into compliance," the affidavit said.

    SMU administrators issued a campus crime alert after the alleged attacks.

    Mahaffey told the victim "you better not tell a soul" and later admitted the crime in a phone call recorded by police, according to a court documents released in September.

    Mahaffey, of Springfield, Missouri, was a Hunt scholar, a student senator, a scholarship committee chairman, and an officer on SMU's Inter-fraternity council, according to the university website.

    According to a 2011 article in SMU's student newspaper, the Daily Campus, his great-great grandfather was a member of SMU's founding committee and one of its first professors and his grandmother, father and two aunts also were students.

    Mahaffey was released from the Dallas County jail on $25,000 bond.