University of Utah Student-Athlete Benjamin Smyth Accused of Raping a College Student
University of Utah student-athlete, Benjamin Smyth, has left the country following allegations of rape. The incident is said to have occurred at the beginning of the school year in the victim’s dorm room.
Gephardt Daily has obtained Salt Lake County District documents which state that Benjamin Smyth, a Canadian national, is currently being sought for charges of rape, forcible sodomy, and forceful sexual assault.
A 19-year-old Division I scholarship diver reportedly encountered his alleged victim in December 2022 while she was reading a book in the common area of her dorm building.
After approaching a woman with a group of men he was hanging out with, Smyth exchanged contact information with her. According to reports, Smyth purportedly sent a text message to her later that evening, inquiring about the presence of her roommates.
According to records, Smyth allegedly visited the dorm room of the victim when it was unoccupied and made multiple advances towards engaging in sexual activity. However, the victim reportedly declined all of Smyth’s advances.
A diver from the University of Utah is currently on the run after being accused of rape.
According to authorities, the diver reportedly raped her after she expressed her unwillingness to engage in sexual activity. As per the allegations, Smyth reportedly pushed the victim’s shoulders, causing her to fall to the ground.
Despite her screams of “no,” Smyth allegedly continued and expressed that the victim did not want to participate in the activity. According to reports, the young individual did not report the heinous crime until February.
Smyth, who stands accused, allegedly denied knowing the victim at first. According to the warrant, he eventually recanted his lie and stated that the two had engaged in sexual activity.
According to a follow-up investigation, it was discovered that Smyth had maintained a record of the women with whom he had engaged in sexual activity. According to the school, he was promptly removed from the University of Utah Swimming and Diving team, a mere two weeks prior to the squad’s Division I championship event.
According to sources, when a detective arrived at Smyth’s dorm room to enforce a restraining order, the roommate disclosed that the diver had already departed after packing his belongings. According to a private investigator, the boy had fled to his hometown of Vancouver, as reported to the police.
The institution reported that they became aware of a significant allegation involving a member of their men’s swimming and diving program on February 16.
Ben Smyth has been suspended from all team activities as of February 20th. The suspension came after the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) notified him of a pending investigation. The situation has been closely monitored as the problem is taken very seriously.
According to available records, Smyth’s athletic profile has been taken down from the university’s website. However, an account that still exists indicates that he participated in a game a mere three days prior to the reported assault by his alleged victim.