Allegations Brought Against McNutt Following Campus Arrest

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Bill McNutt was arrested by campus police Feb. 15 after violating a criminal trespass warning. (PHOTO FROM DALLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

More than a month after his arrest for criminal trespassing on the SMU campus, The Dallas Morning News has published some of the alleged misconduct which led the university to issue a trespass warning against local businessman Lee William “Bill” McNutt III in the first place.

The newspaper cites allegations from anonymous female students and their parents that McNutt made them uncomfortable with invitations to dinner parties where liquor and personal massages were offered.

McNutt, a University Park resident and SMU alumnus, was issued a criminal trespass warning by the university on Nov. 7, 2008, though he informed Police Chief Richard A. Shafer that he would be attending basketball games on campus the following January.

That month, according to the Morning News, Shafer wrote back, in part, “The Criminal Trespass Warning is not a request for you to let me know of events you wish to attend on campus; it is a warning to you in accordance with SMU policy on trespassing that you are not welcome on the SMU campus for any reason whatsoever.”

Two SMU officers arrested the 54-year-old McNutt Feb. 15 in a workout room at Ford Stadium, and he was later released on $500 bond.

Less than two weeks after the arrest was made public, the Morning News reported that McNutt quit his post as a deacon at Highland Park Presbyterian Church

The McNutt family is best known for the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, though Bill is not a member of the board, as had previously been reported.

His sister, Katherine McNutt, would not speak on the record but wanted to clarify that it is her brother Bob, not Bill, who is president and CEO of Collin Street Bakery.

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