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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. This is sad on all levels. The guy is a rapist clear and simple if he did what has been reported. That said, is he also a gay man raised in an environment so repressive he has no sense of how to express his feelings in an appropriate manner? I'm making no excuses for him. I can however imagine a young man caught up in the twisted belief system of the wealthy. A feeling of being entitled but forbidden to be anything but a straight clone of the power class.
    And the victim, what if he had feelings for the perp but wasn't willing to act them out? What a sad betrayal all the way around. Everyone loses because of the attitude of the entitled class.

    Posted by: steve | Sep 29, 2012 12:24:50 PM


  2. Maybe iit's just me.

    But the story somewhat stinks. No gun, knife, or other weapon. Oral sex.

    This is to an assault that having your own teeth in your mouth couldn't have easily stopped. Or more accurately, cut off right at the beginning.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Sep 29, 2012 12:30:14 PM


  3. If I'm reading that newspaper article correctly this is one event that took place in two location, a parking garage then at the fraternity house. So this isn't a situation that was ongoing, where you start to wonder "Why did the victim keep putting themselves in that situation?"

    And coerced sex is rape, unless you're a Republican like Todd Akin or Paul Ryan who believe that if you acquiesce, even out of fear, it isn't "real" rape. And fear of violence isn't the only kind of force that can be used.

    If this guy is a BMOC at SMU I wonder who his family is, what their business or political activities are.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 29, 2012 12:43:26 PM


  4. I want Ari Ezra Legalname to get in here and give his opinion on this situation with these naughty Texas WASPs...

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 12:46:39 PM


  5. There is probably more to the story that will come out in trial, but if this young man is guilty of that which he is accused of than I have no sympathy for him. In that case I hope he gets the maximum punishment.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Sep 29, 2012 1:12:06 PM


  6. typical rich right-wing brat with a learned sense of delusional entitlement. well done, family! you bred a sociopath! good on ya.

    y'know, in a more progressive liberal environment these guys can actually be Out, and date, and get laid without "resorting" to assault and threats and secrets and lies.

    *barf*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 29, 2012 1:16:13 PM


  7. Scroll down this page to see his bio: http://hilltoppolitics.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/meet-your-first-year-senators/

    Another country club Republican closet case, unfortunately. Sadly, not every gay person is of the rainbows and unicorns variety.

    Posted by: kevin | Sep 29, 2012 1:24:32 PM


  8. Or...a typical rich gay from a family who tells him he can do no wrong, thinking he can force himself on a straight boy. Who knows..?

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 1:25:03 PM


  9. Kevin : He looks a LITTLE bit hotter there, but still needs a better haircut. (Needs cropping closer on the sides. My opinion only).

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 1:30:10 PM


  10. @Kevin, too true. Yet aint it oh-so-bloody-typical of the 'country club republican closet-case' sort?

    Any second now I'm sure GOProud will jump to his defense and insist he was pressured into assaulting that other male by a group of "armed black youths in hoodies with Obama stickers on their cars."

    ;-)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 29, 2012 1:33:08 PM


  11. So I'm guessing the guys notoriety of being a descendant of a founder of the University is how he pressured the guy to blow him? I'm not sure I buy that, but these are only minor details. I'm sure there is a lot more we don't know.

    Posted by: Alexx | Sep 29, 2012 1:39:10 PM


  12. Oh, I'm happy Towleroad reported on this. I'm so reminded of Romney physically assaulting a fellow student who was gay and a blind faculty member, and then declaring it just "pranking" once he's running for office. At least this will be better documented when the man accused of rape enters the political field.

    Posted by: Ty Nolan | Sep 29, 2012 1:45:45 PM


  13. Gays are painted as sexual predators, without moral capacity, violent, unable to love. Some of the comments on here seem to reflect that. My hope is that the victim will have loved ones nearby that can help bring some healing.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Sep 29, 2012 1:49:03 PM


  14. Wayne : But WHO is the victim ? We don't know. The gay "rapist" ? The straight "victim" ?

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 1:51:03 PM


  15. It's sex. If you look at sex badly you will want maximum punishment. Sure, if he forced himself on the other student it was wrong but he should not be convicted and sentenced to a prison term. Community service would be more appropriate. "I don't want to be unpopular" is not an excuse for not saying no. When I didn't want to do something I would say no and I was left alone.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Sep 29, 2012 1:58:41 PM


  16. "a scholarship committee chairman"
    Is it really so difficult to imagine what kind of threat can be made from that position?

    Posted by: DG | Sep 29, 2012 2:07:54 PM


  17. I don't buy this at all. Once would be questionable but twice??? Yes, rape happens but there are way too many holes in this story.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 29, 2012 2:16:02 PM


  18. Is anyone really shocked here??? A closeted gay republican who would have eventually got into politics and kept voting our best interest in equality down. And yes the guy may look cute, but so do a lot of serial killers and rapist. Think with you other "head" for a change!

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Sep 29, 2012 2:16:33 PM


  19. He's definitely a Republican. See his twitter page profile pic with George Bush:
    http://twitter.com/jd_mahaffey

    Posted by: PJ | Sep 29, 2012 2:18:30 PM


  20. Some of you guys are forgetting what he said on the phone while the police were listening....

    Posted by: John Simpson | Sep 29, 2012 2:23:25 PM


  21. Michael: Something MIGHT have happened, but....yes, for now there are too many holes to be able to say for sure what happened. That's why all these gays are just screeching their own wishful thinking ("a Republican rapist..!!") instead of being wait-and-see. And with all the times gays have f--ked up that way in the past, you'd think they'd have learned by now to proceed with caution.

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 29, 2012 2:26:18 PM


  22. Look, it's a pretty big sign that the victim went to the campus police and filed a report. To do that he had to admit that he'd performed oral sex on Mahaffey, an embarrassing admission for most young men, especially at a conservative school like SMU. Something was wrong enough about what happened that he did it anyway. And Mahaffey admitted on the phone "I know you didn't [want to do it]."

    One odd thing though. "We have to say it was consensual..." To WHOM do they have to say it was consensual? Who else knows? That implies that other people know about it other than just themselves, right?

    If they were "caught in the act" that would complicate things greatly because if the victim was TALKED into it, wasn't thrilled about the idea but was convinced to do it, then they were caught by frat members he *might* exaggerate the level of coercion or force, say "He MADE me do it!" to save face.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 29, 2012 2:38:22 PM


  23. as soon as i saw the photo of him with george bush, it all started making sense

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 29, 2012 3:15:03 PM


  24. You people defending someone who admitted sexual assault in a phone call are really repugnant. Seriously, that is just sick.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Sep 29, 2012 3:48:08 PM


  25. I think he just admitted it was forced on the phone to keep the sexy scene going. Really, he forced him to blow him? The guy was just mad that he left him to his own devices after he came down his throat.

    Posted by: Markt | Sep 29, 2012 3:54:53 PM


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