Akron: 6 charged in alleged hazing plead 'not guilty'

AKRON -- Six students from the University of Akron were arraigned in Akron Municipal Court early Friday afternoon. They faced assault and hazing charges stemming from alleged incidents during a three-week period in January.

They all appeared before Judge Joy Oldfield who was the judge hearing arraignments today.

According to court records and the court clerk's office, all six pleaded not guilty, all have pretrials set for 2:30 p.m. March 24 and all of the cases will be heard by Akron Municipal Court Judge Julie A. Schafer.

Those charged are Steven Pitts, 23, of Norton, Rinaldo Allen Jr., 21, of Akron, J'Lani Pryce, 22, of Akron, Chauncey Gilliam, 24, of Bedford Heights, Traveon Leak, 22, of Stow and Clive Ennin, 22, of Akron.

They are all members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and warrants for their arrests were issued and they all turned themselves in to University of Akron police.

The reported hazing started back in January while the victim was pledging Alpha Phi Alpha, and university police received an anonymous tip.

According to the report, the 21-year-old victim is a University of Akron student who was beaten so badly with a paddle, he was admitted to EMH Elyria Medical Center.

The victim told police there were multiple occasions of hazing, or "taking the wood" of the paddle, while he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha.

A few times it got so bad the chapter president had to step in to control the situation.

The university suspended the fraternity on Jan. 31.

Related: 6 arrest warrants issued, fraternity suspended


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