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Eleven UGA students charged with hazing

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Nine University of Georgia (UGA) students have surrendered to police, in connection with hazing on Thursday evening for an incident stemming from a possible "pledging event." 

The charges involved eleven members of the Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, according to UGA Police chief Jimmy Williamson.

Williamson said, "the police department obtained warrants yesterday, charging 11 individuals with hazing; there's actually a criminal code that covers hazing, and the 11 individuals had warrants taken out. They've all been contacted and told they need to turn themselves into the sheriff's office."

Police obtained warrants on Thursday for the members after student affairs alerted the authorities about the pledging event. The incident happened in late January. 

Authorities say pledges were "struck with fists" during a pledge process. However, authorities believe it only happened once. The Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was suspended during the investigation.

The nine members who turned themselves in have all bonded out, at this time.

Athens-Clarke County jail records show that the following nine (9) people were jailed and have since been released on misdemeanor charges of "Hazing Students," Thursday:

  1. Rictavious Jerome Bowens
  2. Robert Lee Ellis
  3. Fakari Jalen Gresham
  4. Kourtland Willis Jones
  5. Jason Rasan Moffitt
  6. Acarre Dejon Patton
  7. Nicholas Brandon Pope
  8. Raheem Joel Thompson
  9. John Allen Wood 

No word on the status of remaining suspects, at this time.

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