In April, when five men were found in an Allston basement, taped together and covered in condiments, police suspected hazing. Last week, the Suffolk District Attorney (DA) arraigned one man, and held two Brookline residents responsible for that hazing.
According to the Boston Globe, "The men had been doused with flour, coffee grounds, fish sauce, chili sauce, honey, hot sauce, and mustard, police said. The men had been doused with flour, coffee grounds, fish sauce, chili sauce, honey, hot sauce, and mustard, police said."
The five men were Boston University students, and the house belonged to the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Shortly after the incident, the fraternity shuttered its Boston University chapter.
BU Today reports that nine students, believed to be part of the unrecognized fraternity were being investigated by Boston and BU campus police.
The DA arraigned Jesse Kay, 20, and Spencer Davidson, 22, both of Allston on five counts of assault and battery, hazing and failure to report hazing. Davidson was arraigned on June 20, Kay one week later.
In a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney, three men from Brookline are named:
Two additional defendants, ROBERT RAPPA (D.O.B. 3/16/90) of Brookline and JONATHON KATZ (D.O.B. 2/22/90) of Brookline, admitted responsibility on civil charges arising out of the same incident. Rappa, charged with hazing and failure to report hazing, will pay $400 in court costs and perform 40 hours of community service. Katz, who had been charged only with failure to report hazing, will pay $200 in court costs.
KYLE SHEVRIN (D.O.B. 8/22/90) of Brookline, also charged with failure to report hazing, did not appear in court today as ordered to and Judge Patricia Bernstein held found him to be in default. She stayed any arrest warrant until Aug. 20, however, based on his representation to the court that he was out of state and could not appear for arraignment.
The press release also indicates that three other men, including two more 22-year-old Brookline residents have had their cases continued while authorities look into their involvement in the incident.
Assault-and-battery charges could see up to two-and-a-half months in prison; hazing, a misdemeanor, up to a year and a find of $3,000. Those charged with failure to report hazing could see a $1,000 fine. In addition to potential sentencing, these students could face sanctions and possible suspension from the University.
There is a BU hotline and website (1-866-294-8451) where students can anonymously report hazing allegations.
Charges or arrests, where mentioned, do not indicate convictions. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty.