Hunt Scholar indicted for sexual assault
Published: Monday, November 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 00:11
SMU sophomore John David Mahaffey was indicted Nov. 23 by a Dallas County grand jury for sexual assault, according to Debbie Denmon, director of communications for the Dallas County District Attorney's office.
Mahaffey, a Hunt Scholar and a former member of the Student Senate, was arrested on Sept. 25 and charged with sexual assault following a Sept. 23 incident involving a fellow SMU male student in two separate locations, according to SMU Police.
The Dallas County grand jury hearing for the 19 year old was Nov. 19.
Following his arrest, Mahaffey was subsequently barred from SMU's campus, according to SMU officials.
Denmon said Mahaffey is being represented by lead attorney Chis Mulder and Reed Prospere of Prospere and Russell. The Daily Campus has made calls to Mahaffey's attorneys, but they have not yet been returned.
Mahaffey is the second SMU student to be indicted this semester by a Dallas County grand jury. In September, Donald Cuba, a 20-year-old junior, was indicted on sexual assault charges related to the Feb. 10, 2012 incident involving an SMU female student. Cuba's trial is set for March 25, according to Denmon.
The Daily Campus will provide further updates as warranted.