Man charged in Phoebe Prince bullying case now facing rape allegations

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A man who made national headlines back in 2010 for his role in bullying South Hadley High School student Phoebe Prince, who later took her own life, is now facing new allegations.

The 22News I-Team obtained court documents, that name 26-year-old Sean Mulveyhill as a defendant in a sexual assault case.

A 21-year-old Mount Holyoke College student filed an affidavit in Eastern Hampshire District Court February 28, where she stated that Mulveyhill raped her.

According to the Boston Globe, Mulveyhill is a bartender at the college. They’re also reporting that the alleged rape occurred at his house on February 24, after the student had given him a ride home.

He was handed a protection order later that week, forcing him to stay at least 100-yards away from the victim and the college.

Mulveyhill gained national attention back in 2010, after he became one of six South Hadley High School students, charged in the death of Phoebe Prince, a teenager who committed suicide after being bullied.

He was charged with statutory rape in that case, but prosecutors later dropped the charges after he pleaded guilty to criminal harassment.

Mount Holyoke College forwarded the I-Team a statement that President Sonya Stephens sent to students and faculty.

It reads in part:

“In my initial review of our hiring practices, I have learned that we conducted a reference check on the staff member in question, as is standard practice for positions of this type. The reference check did not raise any concerns, and consequently, an offer of employment was made. I want to know, as do others, in what circumstances we can or should do more when considering applicants for a range of positions. As we balance the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ statutory limitations on candidates’ disclosure of past legal issues with our own commitment to nondiscriminatory hiring practices, the critical focus of our attention needs above all to be on providing for the safety and well-being of our community.”

Stephens never identified Mulveyhill by name.

She went on to say the college is creating a “Hiring Practice Task Force,” to review their hiring policies and procedures, and will implement recommendations before the start of the next school year.

The I-Team also reached out to Northwestern District Attorney spokeswoman Mary Carey, who said Mulveyhill currently isn’t facing any criminal charges. 

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