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Harris County Grand Jury Indicts Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity For Hazing

The University of Houston has suspended the fraternity from campus until 2023

The Office of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg informed Thursday that a grand jury indicted the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for hazing during a 2016 rite in which pledges were deprived of adequate food, water and sleep, and one was body slammed resulting in a lacerated spleen.

The charge is a Class B Misdemeanor and happened after concurrent investigations by the Harris County DA's Office and the University of Houston (UH).

UH has suspended the fraternity from campus until 2023.

The charge was filed against Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity Inc., which is based in Tennessee.

Ogg's office detailed in a news release that the indictment does not charge any individual criminally, but subjects the fraternity to a fine of up to $10,000 and the organization is subject to conviction for hazing including mental and physical abuse.

The indictment focuses on the treatment of a fraternity pledge who was abused during a three-day rite that occurred in November 2016.

Among other abuses, the pledge was forced to roll around in vomit, spit and feces. He also was forced to go without food and drink and sleep during much of the ordeal.

Ogg praised UH's efforts in the wake of the incident and said it “showed resolve in conducting a thorough investigation and holding the fraternity accountable.”

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