Grand Jury Indicts Lyons Township Grad Donald Cuba in Connection with Rape

Donald Cuba, 20, of La Grange Park, a Lyons Township graduate and one-time National Merit semifinalist, has been charged in connection with a February sexual assault at Southern Methodist University, authorities said.

A grand jury in Dallas County, TX, has indicted 20-year-old Donald S. Cuba of La Grange Park on one count of sexual assault in connection with a Feb. 10 rape of a fellow student in a Southern Methodist University dorm, reports the Fort Worth Weekly.

According to the SMU Daily Campus, university police posted a crime alert on Feb. 14 after a student reported a sexual assault by a “student acquaintance” in SMU’s Smith Hall the morning of the previous day.

The Weekly also reports that Cuba was twice brought before an SMU internal judicial system, initially found guilty, then innocent upon appeal. A second appeal by the victim led to the indictment, the Weekly said. (SMU uses a highly confidential “conduct review process” to handle accusations between students.)

A two-year-old Lyons Township High School press release identifies Cuba, then an LT senior, as a semifinalist for a National Merit scholarship, as well as an aspiring pilot, a member of the National Honor Society and an active member of a church group called Quest.

Cuba was also a longtime member of the Lyons Township Hockey Club, where he was an alternate captain as a senior. An LTHC website identifies him as a recipient of an annual Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship and a member of the Illinois Suburban Hockey League’s 2008-2009 All-Conference Academic Team.

Cuba’s mother Jill told the Weekly that her son “is not guilty” from the family’s La Grange Park home; the defendant’s attorney told the paper he intends to plead not guilty.

After a Sept. 10 booking, Cuba is free on $15,000 bail, the Daily Campus reports.

The Weekly also notes that while over 100 SMU students have reported sexual assault over the past 25 years, only one case ever resulted in convictions, a case where the defendants were not themselves SMU students.

Drew Smith September 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I didnt need to "come at you" Dan Kahn, because Sylvia already did. Mr. High and Mighty everyone is wrong, I'd like to see you step out from behind that computer screen. Ya Bitch ASS! I can write better than you any day of the week. It doesn't even matter how many statistics you brought to the table, because none of them disproved me. Oh, by the way, according to me, you're a walking talking eating breathing piece of shit. Congratulations, you're your own breed. How's that for english BEAAAAATCH??
Drew Smith September 22, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Thank you Sylvia. I'm sorry for being ignorant myself and saying things that a. Weren't true. And b. May and possibly were hurtful in any way, shape, or form. Thanks for bringing in the statistic.
James Smith September 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Good to see a group of adults can still hold a mature conversation these days (s).
Anon September 25, 2012 at 06:20 AM
I am a female student here at school with Don and our hearts are breaking over what he is being put through. I AM familiar with the details, on both Don and the victim's side, this girl is absolutely out of control and is ruining a WONDERFUL young man's life.
Claire S October 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Whether he is guilty or innocent of rape can be determined by a jury. But what is apparent here is this young man's appalling disrespect for women. No means no. Usually "wonderful", not-a-violent-bone-in-his-body people don't just get prosecuted for major violent crimes for no reason. Honestly, to be in that kind of position to begin with really makes you question this young man's character. I know a lot of people here are saying "Oh I know him and he couldn't do that", but it's what we do when we don't think the world is watching that defines us, so what does that say about him?


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