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SMU student accused of sexual assault

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A 19-year-old Southern Methodist University student has been temporarily banned from campus after another student accused him of sexual assault.

John David Mahaffey was arrested Tuesday by SMU police, according to school spokesman Kent Best.

He was booked into the Dallas County Jail and freed after posting a $25,000 bond the next day.

A male student told police he was assaulted by a male acquaintance at two different locations on campus about 3 a.m. last Sunday.

Police issued a campus crime alert the next day.

One of the attacks happened in an alley next to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, the other in a parking garage, according to SMU police reports.

A chapter spokesman told the Dallas Morning News that Mahaffey is now suspended from the fraternity pending the outcome of the investigation.

Mahaffey, a sophomore, had a great-great-grandfather who served on the school's founding committee, according to a previous story in the SMU Daily Campus.

This is the fourth reported sexual assault on the school's campus this year.

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