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Published: Thursday, 2/27/2014

Police charge 6 students with hazing at Akron University fraternity; accuser says abuse lasted 3 weeks


AKRON — Six fraternity members at a northeast Ohio university have been charged after a hazing investigation.

Police at the University of Akron say a 22-year-old man told investigators he went to a hospital after multiple nights of being beaten with paddles.

Police on Thursday filed misdemeanor assault and hazing charges against the six from the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

A police report says the abuse happened over three weeks in January during the fraternity’s pledge process. The accuser says the beatings didn’t stop even after he bled through his pants.

Some of the suspects denied that the accuser had been beaten and blamed another fraternity for spreading the allegations.

Officials at the university say they’ve shut down the fraternity and don’t tolerate hazing.

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