A fraternity at Pennsylvania State University has been suspended while police investigate allegations that members created a secret Facebook page to post photos online of naked women, some of whom appear to have been asleep or passed out.
It’s the third major scandal to rock a U.S. fraternity in barely a week. (RELATED: Is This The Most Offensive 4-Line Email Of All Time?)
According to a police warrant recovered by local WJAC TV, a former member of Kappa Delta Rho came forward in January to tell the police about the page, and turned over several pictures he had printed out himself.
The warrant described several of the images that had been turned over. Besides pictures of women in various states of undress, another shows one throwing up in a frat member’s room, while other pictures depicted hazing activities and drug sales.
Police are currently investigating to find out who posted the photos and who may have been victimized in the process. If nude photos are found to have been posted without the women’s consent, those responsible could face a variety of criminal charges, including invasion of privacy.
Making the situation worse, the fraternity allegedly received a prior complaint about an earlier iteration of the group, dubbed Covert Business Transactions, from a woman who had a topless photo appear online. Instead of stopping, members simply shut down that group and created a new one in April of last year.
With the investigation ongoing, Penn State has suspended KDR, while the fraternity’s national organization did the same.
According to WJAC TV, the Facebook group had over 150 members before the investigation began. The station also reported that police have run into trouble due to students rapidly erasing all evidence from their hard drives.
The new scandal comes at a bad time for fraternities to be in trouble, to say the least. A week ago, Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Oklahoma was immediately kicked off campus when a video leaked of members singing a racist song. Several days ago, trouble flared up at the University of Maryland, where an email by a fraternity member was published that contained numerous racial epithets and encouraged other fraternity members to commit rape.
Needless to say, sex-related scandals are also the last thing Penn State needs more of, as the school is barely three years removed from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
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