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Prominent SMU Student Arrested for Sexual Assault on Male Classmate: VIDEO

John David Mahaffey, a 19-year-old Southern Methodist University sophomore whose great-great grandfather was on the university's founding committee and whose grandmother, father, and two aunts are also alums, has been suspended from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and banned from campus after SMU issued a crime alert with regard to a sexual assault at 3 am last Sunday morning that Mahaffey later admitted to in a phone call recorded by police. Mahaffey, of Springfield, Mo., is a Hunt scholar, a student senator, a scholarship committee chairman, and an officer on SMU's Inter-fraternity council, NBC5 reports.

JohnDavidMahaffeyThe Dallas Morning News reports:

According to the affidavit, the other man, who is also an SMU student, said Mahaffey forced him to give oral sex. He told Mahaffey “no” and “stop” several times, but felt intimidated and was afraid Mahaffey would get violent. He said Mahaffey told him “you better not tell a soul,” the affidavit said.

The next day, the student met with SMU police and agreed to record a phone call with Mahaffey. During the phone call, he told Mahaffey “you know I did not want to do that?” According to the affidavit,  Mahaffey replied, “I know you didn’t, but we have to say it was consensual or lawyers, parents, and the school will be involved.”

NBC5 Dallas reports: "Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, said Friday that the case probably will be referred to a grand jury in the next few weeks. Mahaffey was released from the Dallas County jail on $25,000 bond. He did not return a phone call seeking comment."

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  1. what is SMU??

    Posted by: nico | Sep 29, 2012 10:59:05 AM

  2. yum
    i'd blow him in a heartbeat
    as i imagine many guys on his campus would
    no force needed
    perhaps the force was the turn on

    Posted by: jw | Sep 29, 2012 11:02:52 AM

  3. Probably a Romney voter.

    Posted by: zekeaz | Sep 29, 2012 11:14:02 AM

  4. Where's the head of the above two posters?? "perhaps the force was the turn on"

    Posted by: RichBinPS | Sep 29, 2012 11:14:34 AM

  5. When i was in high school i was dating a big SMU Frat Guy. Id be snuck into the house to "pleasure" him. Aside from leading the Frat, he was also a Student Gov big wig. They voted against some gay student policy that was big news at the time. My 16 year old self was baffled because 1/2 the people on that board were gay.

    @nico - its a university. but its kind of a stuck up "old money" type place. Like a James Spader 80's character would have gone there.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 29, 2012 11:19:01 AM

  6. JW : He's certainly not the worst, but...I don't know, I wouldn't do it with him. Too square-looking or something.

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 11:20:33 AM

  7. The guy is a RAPIST! What the hell is wrong with some of you people?

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 29, 2012 11:25:55 AM

  8. Hot scene!

    Posted by: Woohoo | Sep 29, 2012 11:28:56 AM

  9. Does not surprise me. SMU is full of these closet cases. Frat-type guy's with smug personalities. Just like Rick Perry. They are all over Texas.

    Posted by: secure214 | Sep 29, 2012 11:29:53 AM

  10. Having lived near Southern Methodist for 20 years the act itself is not surprising. There is a lot of guy on guy action on and around campus (at least according to Grindr) but the school itself has been listed as one of the most LGBT-unfriendly schools in recent years. There is a lot of homophobia on campus and it's basically rooted in the fact that a lot of these boys come from very wealthy and extremely well-connected families who stand a lot to lose if Mummy and Daddy find out that their precious little Johnny is a homo. And the school itself is notorious for burying stories about on campus guy-on-girl rape as evidenced by recent stories in the Dallas Morning News showing that only one man has been convicted in a criminal court of an on-campus rape of an SMU female in the last twenty years and that guy wasn't even a student at SMU. They have an "internal court system" comprised of students and faculty who process these assault cases and mete out punishment without the accused rapist ever seeing the criminal justice system. Over 200 women have reported assaults on campus since 1990 and no SMU male has ever been convicted in a court of law for the crime. They is an overwhelming sense of entitlement in SMU students from the moneyed families and they go to any lengths necessary to protect their futures and their inheritances. Funny though how the guy accused of assaulting another guy didn't get to go directly to the "shadow court" system.

    Posted by: Bwana | Sep 29, 2012 11:38:49 AM

  11. Earlier this week it was frat boys at the Univ of Tennessee giving each other wine* enemas. One of them nearly died and the fraternity has been banned from campus. Now we hear about another self entitled frat-rat raping a male student. I almost but not quite feel sorry for them. Self hatred keeps them from having normal relationships so they rape and engage in kinky pseudo sexual group binge drinking weirdness. Sad.

    Posted by: Biff | Sep 29, 2012 11:40:09 AM

  12. The double standards at play here are incredible. Had the victim been a woman, this would have been hushed up quite nicely. But homophobia knows no bounds, even when it results in justice.

    Posted by: Coffee&Chicory | Sep 29, 2012 11:48:38 AM

  13. The guy is a sexual offender! He forced himself on another person. Some of you here need to learn how to separate the reality of sexual assault and rape from consensual fantasy.

    Assuming his guilt is proven, I hope he gets what he deserves...

    Posted by: luminum | Sep 29, 2012 11:53:35 AM

  14. Jeff is right. If anyone on the jury has these kinds of attitudes, it may be difficult to get justice. The recorded call is very damning. You watch, he will say it was some sort of role play.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Sep 29, 2012 11:54:08 AM

  15. Maybe it WAS roleplay. Aren't some of you presuming gulit....too soon......?

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 11:56:45 AM

  16. guilt

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 11:57:00 AM

  17. How does a guy make another guy blow him without a gun, knife, etc? Fight him off, walk away, whatever. I'm sorry, but this victim is a puss.

    Posted by: Kyle | Sep 29, 2012 11:59:19 AM

  18. Kyle : Well....I think it IS difficult, but possible. If I was judging the case I'd strongly consider the size of the accuser as well as the accused..

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 12:02:43 PM

  19. LMAO....These students are so confused with religion and so suppressed from showing their real feelings, I would not be surprised if this kind of thing is not going on more often. I hope this school closes.

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Sep 29, 2012 12:05:11 PM

  20. @YUPP, I was thinking the SAME THING. There are always two or three sides to most news stories.

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Sep 29, 2012 12:08:31 PM

  21. Physical force might not be the major factor in the rape (if proven.) The alleged assailant clearly had powerful connections and power can be used as a force as well. Whenever two people are in unequal power situations abuse is possible. That is what S/M is all about -- but it is usually done consensually; apparently this was not. Who knows what power the assailant wielded: status in a frat, placement in a social circle -- any number of power situations come to mind.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Sep 29, 2012 12:08:43 PM

  22. Why is this newsworthy on a national scale? Sadly, sexual assualts happen on college campuses all of the time (sometimes by people from prominent families on campus), but they rarely make the news. The fact that the violence in this case was man on man is the only distinguishing factor. The fact that this is getting any attention is pure sensationalism.

    The same was true of a story last year that got a lot of attention (including here on Towleroad, I believe). Two women were "caught" having sex in a dorm common study room. Again, college students get caught having sex in inappropriate places all of the time, but because these were two women, it got national attention.

    Towleroad is better than this!

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 29, 2012 12:11:55 PM

  23. What's a Methodist?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 29, 2012 12:14:49 PM

  24. Something no one has mentioned here, why did this happen twice before it was reported? I wonder if there is more to this story.

    Posted by: voet | Sep 29, 2012 12:18:28 PM

  25. Forced sex is different than consensual sex. Especially a case which occurs in a bigoted University, where many students in power are closeted.

    Posted by: chuck | Sep 29, 2012 12:21:10 PM

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