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      Ohio University bans fraternity over hazing charge

      ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio University has banned a fraternity for five years because of charges that pledges were forced to drink large amounts of alcohol and beaten.

      The school's decision came Thursday after Delta Tau Delta entered a no contest plea in Athens County Municipal Court to a misdemeanor hazing charge and was fined $2,000. A judge also ordered the fraternity to pay restitution of up to $10,000 to two injured pledges who required hospital treatment.

      George McCarthy, a lawyer who represents the fraternity, argued it wasn't clear that the injuries occurred at the Nov. 12 party because they weren't reported to the hospital until the next day.

      According to police, one of the pledges said he was blindfolded, forced to chug large amounts of alcohol and repeatedly slapped around by Delta Tau Delta members.

      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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