Four Radford University fraternity brothers arrested on hazing charges

Published: May. 5, 2016 at 11:19 AM EDT
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Radford City Police announced Thursday they arrested four Radford University fraternity members on hazing charges.

Police first received the complaint about hazing at Radford's chapter of Pi Kappa Phi on April 8.

According to a woman WDBJ7 spoke with around that time, her son wound up in the hospital because of an annual hazing ritual.

Following the complaint, Radford University, Radford City Police, and the national chapter of Pi Kappa Phi began investigating the Delta Phi chapter.

The fraternity's website lists a home at 621 2nd Avenue as the fraternity house.

But the chapter was suspended for 60 days by the national fraternity, but the investigation didn't end there.

Thursday, Radford City Police announced the arrests Jesse Leasure, Evan Satterley, Andrew Piccione, and Theodore Anna and charged them each with hazing. Leasure and Satterly were also charged with aiding underage possession of alcohol.

In a statement Thursday, national Pi Kappa Phi Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes said, "Our primary concern is the safety, well-being, dignity and respect of all members. Hazing has no place in Pi Kappa Phi."

Their investigation is ongoing and the chapter remains suspended.

They also said, "Should the chapter or any individual members be found in violation of Pi Kappa Phi's standards of conduct, they will be held accountable through the national fraternity's conduct process."

Also Thursday, Radford University said its investigation is expected to be completed soon, but it may not be soon enough for the oldest students.

The school's full statement read, "Radford University was notified on April 11, 2016 that the national fraternity of Pi Kappa Phi imposed suspension on the Delta Phi chapter at Radford University for up to 60 days. The national organization, Radford University and Radford City Police immediately commenced investigations into allegations of hazing.

"Radford University is aware that Radford City Police have charged four RU students today in relation to the city police department’s investigation.

"The University’s investigation is still in progress and is expected to be completed soon. With regard to any students implicated in the University’s ongoing investigation, degrees may not be conferred at the upcoming commencement ceremonies until resolution of the University’s investigation.

"Radford University takes these allegations seriously, will investigate thoroughly the facts of the situation and will hold participants accountable for their actions.

"Radford University has and will continue to cooperate with the City of Radford Police Department to resolve this matter."

Graduation at Radford is Saturday May 7 and seniors who are part of the school's investigation will not get their degree.

Radford Police said they could not comment whether more fraternity brothers will be arrested, but the investigation is still open despite these arrests and charges.