AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Criminal charges were filed Thursday in connection with a hazing incident at the University of Akron.
A 21-year-old pledge of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was apparently paddled so severely, he developed a sore that needed medical treatment. He was treated at Elyria Memorial Hospital.
According to University of Akron Police, the fraternity initiation took place over the course of about three weeks. It happened at multiple off-campus locations.
All chapter operations have been suspended until the investigation is complete.
The suspects are active members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and students at the University of Akron. They are charged with assault and hazing.
The suspects are 23-year-old Steven Pitts, 21-year-old Rinaldo Darius Allen, Jr., 22-year-old Jlani Pryce, 24-year-old Chuancey St. Clair Gilliam, 22-year-old Traevon Leak and 23-year-old Clive Ennin.
4 of the 6 students turned themselves in to University of Akron Police, Thursday. Each is due in court on March 7th. The remaining 2 students have informed U of A Police that they intend to turn themselves in Friday.
The University released the following statement:
"The criminal charges being filed today are the result of an investigation by The University of Akron Police Department (UAPD), acting on an anonymous tip. Based on the information gathered during the investigation, the University suspended the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on January 31, essentially halting all fraternity activities, including new member intake. Hazing of any kind is not tolerated. As a University community we are deeply disturbed and saddened when any of our students suffer harm, and we will continue to support any victims in this pending case. As the case is now in the hands of the Prosecutor, we will not comment further on the specific criminal charges."
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