Fraternity Pledge Addresses Members, Calls Hazing Incident at Miami University “Horrific and Barbaric”

OXFORD, Ohio —Eight fraternity brothers accused of hazing pledges pleaded guilty today in Oxford.

Eighteen members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity were charged various counts of hazing and assault stemming from an incident at the fraternity house last March.

On Tuesday, Jason Londa, Nicholas Griswold, Joshua Plaster, Liam Newcomber, James Mackeigan, Jonathan Rauch, Michael Keen and Scott Sidner pleaded guilty to one count of hazing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

They each received a 30-day jail sentence, which was suspended, and each was ordered to pay a $100 fine.

The victim, whose injuries sparked the investigation, spoke in court. Tyler Perino said he wants to be the voice for hazing victims around the country who didn’t survive their injuries.

“The moment when I knew something was not right was when the active members made the pledge class, including myself, stay up all night, jam-packed in a room with no food or water,” Perino said.

He said he was scared for his own safety but decided to stick it out.

“We all know what I went through, along with 24 other members, in the next few weeks was nothing short of horrific and absolute barbaric behavior,” Perino said.

His breaking point came March 16. That was the night of the fraternity’s big brother reveal.

“In the room that night, where I was forced to drink, was beaten and humiliated, I felt as Josh was out to get me,” Perino said.

Plaster was Perino’s big brother.

“Josh, I want you to know that I hate you too,” Perino said.

Perino previously said he spent seven hours in the hospital after he was beaten with a paddle that had spikes on it. Police records show he had a blood alcohol content that was nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

“You caused me physical damages that lasted me weeks, emotional damages that caused me to go to counseling and spiritual damages that make me ask God, ‘Why me?'” Perino said. “I do not want anyone to feel bad for me, but what I do want is for this to never happen to anyone ever again at Miami University, the state of Ohio and across the country.”

Perino and his family said they would like laws changed and for there to be harsher punishment for people convicted of hazing.

Eight of the men charged are still enrolled at Miami University. Miami University suspended Delta Tau Delta for 15 years.

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