Hazing ritual leads to 9 arrests

Posted at: 11/12/2012 2:46 PM
Updated at: 11/12/2012 6:10 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - A hazing ritual that included submerging pledges' faces in water and hitting them with paddles and rubber hoses has led to the arrests of eight upstate New York university students and another man.        

Albany Police spokesman Steven Smith says the 14 victims also had cold water poured on their heads and were told to beg for mercy. The arrests were made just after 1 a.m. Friday in a house in a neighborhood popular with renters attending the University at Albany.           

Smith says Monday some of the pledges had minor cuts and bruises and all declined treatment.      

He says the group wasn't a sanctioned university fraternity and the school has started university judicial proceedings against the students.        

Most of those arrested, including a non-student, face charges of second-degree hazing, a violation.

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