Penn State Fraternity Suspended Over Alleged Nude Facebook Pictures

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(CNN) — A Penn State University fraternity has been suspended after allegedly posting on a private Facebook page compromising photos of women, including some who appeared to be asleep or passed out.

The suspension of Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) fraternity comes as State College Police as well as university officials investigate the fraternity’s alleged use of the online page with up to 144 active members, including current and former students.

“No arrests are being made at this time,” State College Police Lt. Keith Robb said. “Unfortunately, we aren’t able to identify any suspects right now because the accounts on Facebook were sanitized, wiped clean.”

Robb said it has not yet been determined if any crime occurred.

In a statement, college administrators said the fraternity’s local chapter had been suspended for one year by the Penn State Interfraternity Council and that police and university officials were investigating.

The statement said the fraternity used the private Facebook page to post “highly inappropriate photographs … of activities and events that are in direct violation of the standards and values of a recognized student organization at Penn State.”

“The evidence offered by the Facebook postings is appalling, offensive and inconsistent with the University community’s values and expectations,” the statement said.

A former member of Kappa Delta Rho alerted police to the page, telling them in January that it had been used by members to share photos of “unsuspecting victims, drug sales and hazing,” according to a copy of a police affidavit.

The drugs allegedly included “marijuana and edibles, concentrates, ADD medication, and some cocaine,” the affidavit said.

The former frat member who tipped off police told authorities that a second Facebook page called “2.0” allegedly had been created around April 2014 following complaints from a woman whose photo was posted on it, the affidavit said. The earlier version of the page was titled “Covert Business Transactions.”

The ex-frat member told police that the victim was visiting the fraternity when she saw a topless photo of herself after a member accidentally left his Facebook page logged in, the affidavit said.

Attempts to reach the university and interfraternity council were unsuccessful.

If there are students or others who have information about this situation or feel that they have been victims associated with this matter, they are encouraged to contact the Penn State Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342 or the State College Police Department 814-234-7150 as soon as possible.


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