Benjamin Smyth school photo

[Crime Stories with Nancy Grace] Cops: Swim Team Star Rapes Coed in Dorm Room, Flees to Canada

Ben Smyth, 19, is a standout freshman diver at the University of Utah.

He meets a young woman and after a brief conversation, they exchange contact information but go their separate ways. Later that afternoon, Smyth reaches out to the young woman and shows up at her dorm.

After some small talk, Ben suggests the two play a game of “truth or dare.” Smyth reportedly starts kissing her and asking her about her sexual history. Smyth pushes her shoulders to lay her down on the floor. The woman pushes Smyth off of her and tells him she “does not want to do that.”

Even though the young woman tells Ben Smyth she does not want to have sex, the teen swimmer reportedly ignores her, takes off his shirt and pants, and grabs the woman by the back of her head, continuing the assault.

When Smyth finds out he is the target of a sexual assault investigation, he cuts all ties and goes home to Canada.

Joining Nancy Grace Today:

Donna Kelly – Former Utah Senior Deputy District Attorney and Attorney for Crime Victims Legal Clinic; Helped form the Utah County Sex Crimes Task Force
Scott Johnson – Forensic Psychologist (Minnesota – specializing in addressing sexual predators)
Irv Brandt – Senior Inspector, US Marshals Service International Investigations Branch; Chief Inspector, DOJ Office of International Affairs, US Embassy Kingston, Jamaica; Author: “SOLO SHOT: CURSE OF THE BLUE STONE” – AVAILABLE ON AMAZON IN JANUARY; ALSO “FLYING SOLO: Top of the World;” Twitter: @JackSoloAuthor
Rachel D. Fischer – Registered Nurse; Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE); Expert Witness; Private Investigator; Author: “Taking Back the Pen;” Forensic Nursing Consulting and Education LLC

Additional Guests

  • Jason Jensen – Salt Lake City, UT Private Investigator and Owner of Jensen Private Investigations; Co-founder: “Cold Case Coalition;” Twitter: @JasonJPI; Facebook/Instagram: “Jensen Investigations”
  • Jared Page – Reporter for the Gephardt Daily News in Salt Lake City, UT; Twitter: @GephardtDaily

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[Feature Photo: Benjamin Smyth/University of Utah]