SMU student indicted for February rape
Published: Monday, September 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
A Dallas County grand jury indicted an SMU junior Donald Cuba of La Grange Park, Ill., on Sept. 4 for the Feb. 10, 2012 sexual assault of a fellow SMU student in an on-campus residence hall, according to documents provided to The Daily Campus.
Cuba, a 20-year-old political science major, was booked into Dallas County Jail on Sept. 10 and was released the same day on a $15,000 bond, according to court documents.
SMU police issued a crime alert on Feb. 14 stating that a student had reported on Feb. 13 that she was sexually assaulted by a student acquaintance in an SMU residence hall located at 6020 Hillcrest Ave. The address listed in the crime alert is Smith Hall.
The crime alert went on to state the alleged assault occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 10.
A story published Friday by The Fort Worth Weekly reported Cuba was initially found guilty by an SMU judicial review panel after the alleged incident.
According to the FW Weekly, Cuba appealed the decision of the initial panel and was found not guilty on appeal.
According to the FW Weekly, the next step in the case was the Sept. 4 indictment by the Dallas County grand jury.
The Fort Worth Weekly also reported it had attempted to contact SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer and Assistant Dean of Student Life Evelyn Ashley, who oversees the judicial panels. Both were unavailable for comment, according to Kent Best, director of SMU News and Communications.
Best was contacted Friday by The Daily Campus for comment and requested additional time to respond.