AKRON — Six fraternity members at a university in Ohio have pleaded not guilty to hazing charges.
The six students from the University of Akron appeared in court Friday a week after they were accused of paddling a pledge so hard that he bled through his pants.
All six are charged with misdemeanor assault and hazing.
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.
A police report says the abuse happened over three weeks in January during the fraternity’s pledge process.
Officials at the university say they’ve shut down the fraternity while the national leaders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity say they will help authorities bring justice to anyone who may have violated the law.