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Student alleges rape:
Victim and assailant were at SAE party

By Andrea Lamberti

An MIT sophomore has filed charges of rape against Thomas M. Fahy '91, according to an informed source who wished to remain anonymous. The alleged rape occurred on the night of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Christmas party at SAE's Beacon Street house on Dec. 8.

A probable cause hearing will be held Feb. 15 to determine if the case should go to trial.

Fahy could not be reached for comment.

The woman did not attend the party with Fahy, the source said. The source, who is a close friend of the alleged victim, said the woman "did not know Tom. [She] had no idea who he was."

Alcohol affected

course of events

Alcohol played a significant role in the incident, according to the woman's friend. "If [the victim] were sober, this never, ever would have happened," the friend said.

According to the source, both Fahy and the woman consumed alcohol at the party. The woman became drunk after her own date became "very drunk and . . . passed out," the source said. The source said after the woman became drunk the woman flirted with Fahy.

According to the source, the woman was at the SAE house the entire night, and reported that she was raped to the Boston Police the following morning.

The alleged victim "was served alcohol at the party, and [she] is not 21," her friend added.

The president of SAE, Mark E. Lundstrom '91, was out of town and could not be reached for comment.

Fahy's status as a student remains unchanged, according to Associate Dean for Student Affairs James R. Tewhey. Any action by MIT to alter his status or punish the fraternity would take place after court action, he said.

(Editor's note: Prabhat Mehta contributed to the reporting of this story.)