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LSU fraternity member charged with criminal fraud

A Louisiana State University fraternity member has been charged with a hazing event that left another student on life support, authorities said.

Terry Pat Reynolds II, 21, a member of Phi Kappa Psi, was arrested on Monday and charged with a dozen counts of misdemeanor and one count of criminal hazing and one count of non-solicitation of assistance, according to a affidavit of arrest.

The LSU Police Department began investigating on October 19 after fraternity members dropped off a severely intoxicated student at a hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The police did not identify him.

Hospital staff told investigators the student was unresponsive and had “frothy pink foam” coming from his mouth and nose, which staff said was a sign of organ failure. according to the arrest report. The student was immediately put on life support, authorities learned.

The student’s blood alcohol level was .451, nearly six times the legal limit, police said.

Investigators recovered the cell phones of some of the students involved and discovered that Mr. Reynolds, who served as LSU’s Phi Kappa Psi Section ‘New Educator Member’, had welcomed new fellowship members to his home. off campus earlier in the evening. October 18.

The arrest document says Mr. Reynolds sent a group text message to 62 members of Phi Kappa Psi, 56 of whom were new to the fraternity, urging them to “come to my house.” He added: “I hope you are ready to be hammered if you stop.

The new members who showed up were ordered to drink large amounts of alcohol as a group, and Mr Reynolds did not let them go until they finished their bottles, according to the report.

“The defendant then collected more alcohol for him to consume because he had not finished the previous bottle quickly enough,” the report said. “This behavior continued until several bottles and cans of alcohol were consumed by new members.”

At one point, some of the students messaged other new members who were not present to ask for help finishing the alcohol, police said.

Credit…East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

“There are at least 10 that they need to get down,” Reynolds wrote in the group’s thread, according to the report.

No 911 calls were made from the residence, police said.

During the investigation, police learned that 18 new fraternity members were associated with the event, five of whom were designated drivers who did not drink. Police found that 13 had been hazed that evening, including the student who was dropped off at hospital.

When officers searched Mr. Reynolds’ residence, they found full, empty bottles of booze strewn throughout the house and in garbage cans and bags outside, according to the arrest report.

Mr. Reynolds was taken to East Baton Rouge Parish Jail Monday and was released later that day on $ 13,500 bail, jail records show.

It was not clear if he had a lawyer. He could not be contacted immediately Wednesday afternoon. Contacted by phone, her mother declined to comment.

“The university has said on several occasions that hazing would not be tolerated and that the university acts quickly when allegations of hazing are made,” Ernie Ballard III, a spokesperson for LSU, said Wednesday.

Mr Ballard said the university and the national organization Phi Kappa Psi had suspended the LSU chapter of the fraternity. The university’s student advocacy and accountability office will look into possible violations of the school’s student code of conduct, he said.

“They remain under provisional suspension as the university also conducts its investigation now,” he said.

The student who was hospitalized has been released and is doing well, Ballard said.

The arrest comes just over a year after a former LSU student was convicted of negligent homicide for his role in the hazing death of an 18-year-old fraternity engagement who became extremely intoxicated during an initiation ritual in 2017.

Prosecutors said Matthew Naquin, 21, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, led a hazing event called “Bible study” in which promises Phi Delta Theta had to drink alcohol if they gave the incorrect answer to trivia questions or not correctly reciting the Greek alphabet.