Seven To Face Charges In Alleged Hazing

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Seven members of an unsanctioned SUNY Canton fraternity allegedly involved in branding and paddling two recruits in a hazing incident last month won't face felony charges.

Criminal summonses are being issued against the former Zeta Alpha Phi fraternity members who are being charged with misdemeanor counts of first degree hazing.

Canton Police Sgt. Basil Cheney said he consulted with the district attorney's office and the victim and "the victim has decided to pursue charges."

Police aren't releasing the names of the students being charged until they are arrested.

One of the difficulties Canton police face is that the hazing suspects have left the area.

Sources say told some live in the Pulaski area, some near Albany and a couple in St. Lawrence County.

The alleged hazing incident occurred at the 72 Miner Street fraternity house on or around November 4.

One student was allegedly branded with the letter Z with a hot coat hanger while another was severely bruised after being repeatedly struck on the buttocks with a paddle.

"We're fortunate that the victim wasn't seriously injured," Cheney said.

SUNY Canton expelled two of the alleged participants and suspended five others. The college also permanently revoked its recognition of the fraternity.

Police say all those charged will appear in Canton village court on January 22.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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