University of Akron Students Plead Not Guilty to Hazing Charges

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AKRON -- Six fraternity brothers at the University of Akron are charged with hazing a pledge and beating him with paddles until he bled.

Friday morning, those men appeared in court to face those charges.

Six members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Akron were arraigned in Akron Municipal Court Friday.

Clive Ennin, Steven Pitts, Jlani Pryce, Chauncey Gilliam, Traevon Leak, and Rinaldo Allen Jr., plead not guilty to charges of hazing and assault through their attorneys.

"We have no comment. We are just going to wait and go through the evidence and go from there," said Myron Watson, an attorney representing Rinaldo Allen, Jr.

Police say the six men were responsible for hazing a 21-year-old pledge during initiation into the fraternity back in January.

The pledge told police he was paddled so badly, that he had to go to the hospital for an infection from his injuries.

Meantime, on campus, the Alpha Phi Alpha letters are gone at the fraternity house. The University of Akron suspended them back on January 31, essentially stopping all activities, including new member drives.

Brothers at the next-door Phi Gamma Delta house say they hope this doesn't shed a bad light on Greek Life on campus.

"I don't know what happened with Alpha Phi Alpha. I can't really comment on that. But I know we're not allowed to haze and we don't haze," said James Burge of Phi Gamma Delta.

"It's unfortunate. But hopefully it doesn't look too bad at Greek life because it is a good thing," said Manny Leslie of Phi Gamma Delta.

The men are due back in court March 24.

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