Thursday, September 27, 2012

SMU Hunt Scholar arrested for sexual assault - Southern Methodist University

This is not a comfortable post to make. Looks like the chapter did the responsible thing. We will follow this story as it develops.

BREAKING NEWS: SMU Hunt Scholar arrested for sexual assault - News - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University:


John David Mahaffey
John David Mahaffey, a 19-year-old sophomore finance major from Rogersville, Mo., was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 23 sexual assault of a fellow SMU student, according to Dallas County court records.

Mahaffey, a current Hunt Scholar, was arrested by SMU police and taken to the Dallas County Sheriffs’ department and subsequently booked into Dallas County Jail, according to Dallas County court records.
He was released on Sept. 26 after posting a $25,000 bond.

The alleged incident took place in the early hours of Sept. 23. SMU released a crime alert that Monday afternoon that stated:
"A male SMU student reported being sexually assaulted by a male SMU student acquaintance at two different campus locations about 3 a.m. and again shortly thereafter, on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The victim said he first was sexually assaulted on the west side of 3050 SMU Boulevard and then in the Airline Parking Garage at Airline Road and Daniel Avenue".
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Mahaffey is the assistant vice president of recruitment for SMU’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) and a member of Student Senate, according to his Hunt Leadership Scholars Program page.

According to Mahaffey’s Facebook page, he is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Sigma Phi Epsilon’s president Luke Friedman gave the following statement:
"The Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter at Southern Methodist has learned that one of its members was taken into custody by the Dallas Police Department as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. The chapter has suspended this member from the Fraternity pending the outcome of this investigation. Sigma Phi Epsilon’s mission is to build balanced men, and its leadership programs and educational efforts are based on the value of respect for self and others. Members are expected to act in accordance with SigEp’s values, and clearly, this alleged behavior is not tolerated and not consistent with the Fraternity’s mission. The chapter continues to cooperate fully with campus and Dallas police. This is a disturbing situation and the chapter's thoughts and concerns go out to everyone affected."