Hazing charges dropped for eight men charged in 2017 Radford fraternity incident

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Hazing charges were dropped Thursday by a Radford general district judge for eight of the 17 men charged in an alleged hazing incident in September.

Radford City Police Department

Seven of them now have to pay a $500 fine and have no contact with the victim after the judge found them guilty of providing alcohol to an underage person. A 12th month jail term was suspended. Three of them are guilty of maintaining a public nuisance and are required to pay a $100 fine.

The charges stem from an incident in September during an initiation where a student told police he was burned, most likely from a brand. The event included large amounts of alcohol and strippers. Warrants explain this happened for the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity that is no longer recognized by Radford University or its national chapter.

15 out of the 17 arrested were Radford University students at the time. The remaining men who weren't in court Thursday have appearances scheduled at a later date.

Below are the results from Thursday's court appearance.

- Luke Andress, all charges dropped

- Kyle Best, hazing charge dropped; guilty of purchasing alcohol for a minor, punishment $500 fine, 12 months all suspended jail time, no contact with victim

- Christopher Gepford, hazing charge dropped; guilty of purchasing alcohol for a minor, punishment $500 fine, 12 months all suspended jail time, no contact with victim; guilty of maintaining a common nuisance, $100 fine

- Caleb Howard, hazing charge dropped; guilty of purchasing alcohol for a minor, punishment $500 fine, 12 months all suspended jail time, no contact with victim

- Joshua Ko, hazing charge dropped; guilty of purchasing alcohol for a minor, punishment $500 fine, 12 months all suspended jail time, no contact with victim

- Matthew Thomas, hazing charge dropped; guilty of purchasing alcohol for a minor, punishment $500 fine, 12 months all suspended jail time, no contact with victim; guilty of maintaining a common nuisance, $100 fine

- Matthew Wedel, hazing charge dropped; guilty of purchasing alcohol for a minor, punishment $500 fine, 12 months all suspended jail time, no contact with victim

- Clayton O'Neill, hazing charge dropped; guilty of purchasing alcohol for a minor, punishment $500 fine, 12 months all suspended jail time, no contact with victim; guilty of maintaining a common nuisance, $100 fine; possession of marijuana charge dropped