POCONO SUMMIT, Pa. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Five fraternity members, including its former national president, have been charged in the death of a Baruch College freshman during a hazing ritual in Pennsylvania, police said Tuesday.
Pocono Mountain Regional police intend to arrest suspects in waves, moving from least to most culpable, after a grand jury recommended charges for 37 people in the December 2013 death of Chun “Michael” Deng.
They said staggering the arrests will keep courts from being overwhelmed.
The first five suspects, including former Pi Delta Psi President Andy Meng, were charged with hazing, conspiracy and hindering apprehension and were making arrangements Tuesday to turn themselves in, police said.
Fraternity members at Baruch College physically abused Deng and then tried to cover it up as the 19-year-old lay dying in their rented house in Tunkhannock Township, police said.
“There’s a reason why hazing is not permitted in fraternities, because of events like this,” police Chief Chris Wagner said Tuesday.