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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