An unidentified University of Minnesota fraternity pledge claims he was raped by one of the fraternity’s brothers while pledging.
The alleged victim, whose identity has not been revealed, told local police that he was pledging at an off-campus apartment in Dinkytown, Minnesota on January 29. He said what started out as a consensual encounter turned violent and forced. According to the victim, who was pledging Alpha Epsilon Pi, the frat brother tried to blackmail him with photos and video to ‘silence’ him about the assault.
The victim went to a nearby hospital where he underwent a rape exam.
Via Star Tribune:
The suspect reportedly also “threatened to document the sexual encounter,” the filings said, “by photos and video that he could use to blackmail [the victim] into silence about the assault.” It was unclear whether the suspect actually filmed or photographed the encounter.
He also told the victim that he would use his stature within the organization to keep the other man from joining the fraternity unless he did as he was told. He later sent the victim a threatening message on the popular messaging app Snapchat, warning him not to tell other fraternity members about the incident, authorities said.
The suspect, who has also not been identified, is a first-year student who has since been suspended from Alpha Epsilon Pi. He has not yet been charged.
The investigation is currently still underway.
An unidentified University of Minnesota Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity pledge claims he was raped by one of the fraternity’s brothers while pledging.