Hazing charges dropped for remaining nine men charged in Radford branding incident

Radford City Police Department
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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) All hazing charges have been dropped for the remaining nine men who were charged in connection to an alleged initiation at a fraternity in Radford that was no longer recognized.

Eight out of the nine men face a $500 fine for purchasing alcohol for a unauthorized person. A 12 month jail term was suspended. Four have to pay a $100 fine for maintaining a common nuisance.

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.
Eight men appeared in Radford court last Thursday.

Chris Rehak, the commonwealth's attorney in Radford says a member of this same fraternity is responsible for killing a goat that disappeared in the city a year ago.

Radford University started investigating fraternities and questioning students after the "Goats of Anarchy" social media page post about the goat's alleged mistreatment went viral. The goat was never found.

Below are the results of the court appearances Thursday, March 1st:

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

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

- Joseph Sible, 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

- Trever Staford, 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

- Justin Hooper, hazing charged dropped; purchasing alcohol for a minor dropped

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

- Samuel Harris, 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

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

- Jacob Tucker, 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