Ohio University Fraternity Charged With Hazing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Athens, Ohio (AP) -- Police say several Ohio University students were hurt, with at least one seriously injured, during an initiation at a fraternity house.

The Delta Tau Delta Fraternity pleaded not guilty Monday to one criminal count of hazing over last week's events.

A conviction on the misdemeanor charge could bring a fine of up to $2,000.

An Athens police report says 18-year-old freshman Michael Pristera, of Prospect, Ky., sustained multiple injuries including broken bones, a chipped tooth and bruises in the shape of hand prints.

He spent Thursday night in the hospital.

The report says another pledge reported he was blindfolded and forced to chug large amounts of alcohol while being slapped around by fraternity members.

The university has begun its own investigation.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Parkersburg Location: Parkersburg on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    Good Times!
  • by lou Location: ohio on Nov 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    I agree , start shutting the fraternities down as the hazing's start and it won't be long before they clean their act's up , it's only who's parent's have the most money anyway.
  • by Woody Location: Williamstown on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Go to college on mom and dads money and become ignorant - the same thing just happened at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa.Let's hope the same thing happens to the Ohio U Greeks as did those at Drake.. Drake University officials announced Monday that they would remove the Phi Delta Theta chapter following a hazing incident in which a student was taken to the hospital with alcohol poisoning: Drake University officials today informed national leaders of Phi Delta Theta fraternity that the Drake chapter is being removed from the University's list of recognized student organizations, effective immediately and continuing for four years. The action follows the University's investigation that found the Drake chapter responsible for hazing and underage drinking.
  • by Mark Location: Parkersburg on Nov 18, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Just A bunch of PUNKS wasting Mommy And Daddys Money. Grow up loosers
  • by NonGreek Location: Pburg on Nov 18, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Unfortunately, yet another example of how the only news that most of us ever hear about the Greeks is bad news. However, members of Greek organizations are typically leaders on campus in terms of student government and other student organizations, are actively involved with other students and activities, and do extensive community service, to name a few activities Greeks are involved with on or around the college campus. Of course, there are no excuses to be made for hazing and these young men need to understand the consequences of their actions. But, to call for the elimination of all of "these groups" would be devastating to many college campuses because without "these groups" many student-run activities would not occur.
  • by JD Location: Marietta on Nov 18, 2009 at 04:32 AM
    I was very familiar with the fraternity in question as I was once a student who didn't live too far from their house. They were idiots when I was there and apparently are still idiots. I fortunate enough to have plenty of my own friends and did not to have to join a fraternity where people buy their way into "friendships."
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Fine every student that was present, the shut the fraternity down. These types of things have been going on for years. Now it's time to put a stop to these groups.
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