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Fraternity members plead not guilty

Associated Press • Mar 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The six students from the University of Akron appeared in court Friday, a week after they were accused of paddling a pledge so hard he bled through his pants. All six are charged with misdemeanor assault and hazing.

Police at the University of Akron said a 22-year-old man told investigators he went to a hospital after multiple nights of being beaten with paddles. A police report says the abuse happened over three weeks in January during the fraternity’s pledge process.

Officials at the university said they’ve shut down the fraternity while the national leaders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity said they will help authorities bring justice to anyone who may have violated the law.

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