UF frat members won't face charges
Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 11:42 p.m.
Prosecutors will not be pursuing criminal charges against four University of Florida students at a fraternity that police had investigated after complaints about an unauthorized party where alcohol was served last fall.
But the decision by the State Attorney's Office does not halt the university's review of events at Pi Kappa Alpha, 1904 W. University Ave., in September.
Gainesville Police launched an investigation at the fraternity after two 18-year-old UF students and a 17-year-old Bradford County high school student, all female, reported they lost consciousness after getting drinks at the house.
Police had gathered forensic evidence from the three female students but found no indication of a sexual assault or illegal substances in their system, said Gainesville Police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg.
Investigators, however, had filed sworn complaints for serving alcohol to minors against four individuals at the house who officers believed were responsible for the party.
However, prosecutors reported they couldn't move forward with the criminal case.
"The charges could not be proven as charged," Spencer Mann, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office, said Monday.
Prosecutors needed to prove alcohol was served at the direction of those named in the sworn complaints.
"However, other information pertinent to activities at the house we felt needed to be forwarded to student judicial affairs for their review," Mann said. "There was other activity that causes us concern."
UF has reported that alcohol should not have been on the property, except in rooms where residents were 21 or older, because the fraternity had become a "dry house" after a previous suspension for alcohol and hazing violations.
The fraternity also should have registered the event, described as a barbecue and a party hosting a local sorority, with UF.
The university is reviewing events at the fraternity as well as individual students involved, said UF spokesman Steve Orlando. A decision could be handed down by UF as early as this week.
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