The former South Hadley High School student sentenced for probation nine years ago for his involvement in the bullying of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince until she ultimately took her own life now stands accused of raping a Mount Holyoke College student.
Sean Mulveyhill, now 26, worked at the all-women’s college as a bartender — a fact that the alleged victim’s family and other parents are questioning, given Mulveyhill’s history.
At the age of 18, Mulveyhill “pleaded guilty to criminal harassment of Prince and was sentenced to a year of probation,” according to the Boston Globe. Prosecutors had “described him as the chief instigator of the bullying campaign directed at Prince,” but they dropped charges of statutory rape, disturbing a school assembly and violation of civil rights resulting in bodily injury in exchange for his guilty plea.
Mulveyhill was sentenced to one year of probation for his actions, but ran into trouble with the law a second time in 2013, when he was caught breaking and entering in a home. Mulveyhill was placed on probation for another year.
Now, six years later, Mulveyhill is accused by a 21-year-old woman at Mount Holyoke College of rape, though he has not yet been formally charged.
The woman told police that she had given Mulveyhill a ride home from his job at the school on Feb. 24, and he then raped her inside his home.
Days later, police served the man with “a protection order intended to prevent him from having any contact with or harassing the alleged victim,” the Globe reported, which Judge Robert Santaniello extended on Friday for another ten days.
Wendy Murphy, an adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England School of Law, told the Globe that colleges and universities have an “affirmative duty” under Title IX to perform thorough background checks on all of their hires in order to avoid hiring someone like Mulveyhill.
“This guy wasn’t working for a hardware store,” she said. “He was hired at a women’s college. You would expect them not to hire someone who has a [breaking and entering] on his record and demonstrated the behaviors he did in the bullying case.”