A Mount Sterling man is among 14 individuals who will be charged as a result of an alleged hazing incident that occurred at a Wilmington College fraternity in October, according to the Wilmington Police Department in Clinton County.
Cole Voltz, 20, of state Route 207, Mount Sterling, is among those charged with one count of hazing.
The alleged incident occurred at a Halloween party in the basement of the Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity house, also known as the “Gobbler House,” according to police.
All 14 men were charged with hazing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and one man accused of hitting the pledge in the scrotum with a knotted towel was also charged with misdemeanor assault, prosecutors confirmed.
The victim, a Wilmington College sophomore, was taken to Clinton Memorial Hospital. Police were made aware of the hazing incident after the pledge’s injury required surgery to remove one of his testicles.
Two other pledges being initiated into the fraternity received bruises, according to a police affidavit.
Duane Weyand, chief of police, said in November that “it’s serious enough of a case, someone has to get charged.”
“There were things going on in that basement that should have never been happening,” said Rick Moyer, Clinton County’s prosecuting attorney, in November.
Gamma Phi Gamma was placed on temporary suspension following the incident. Then the college ruled it would no longer recognize the fraternity. Later, Jim Reynolds, president of the college, changed it from a permanent ban to a ban lasting at least until the 2019-20 school year.
At that time, the fraternity can petition to have the organization returned to good standing, with no guarantee of approval.
All charged individuals will be arraigned in the Clinton County Municipal Court. All the hazing charges are misdemeanors of the fourth degree.
The private college with about 1,200 students is located in Wilmington, Ohio, about 44 miles northeast of Cincinnati.