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SUNY Canton student recalls horrors of alleged November hazing

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CANTON — A SUNY Canton student who was the alleged victim of a fraternity hazing incident in November told police that he and other pledges witnessed the father of one member brand organization members with a metal clothes hanger the same night pledges were paddled and humiliated.

Canton police charged seven men with first-degree hazing Wednesday. Bryan C. Lindsey, 21, alleged in a statement to police that the men were responsible for paddling the backsides of him and fellow SUNY Canton fraternity Zeta Alpha Phi pledges Brandon Pupp and Matt Kron, causing them physical injury.

But the abuse at the 72 Miner St. frat house went deeper than that, Mr. Lindsey said in his statement, on file with Town Court.

Police charged Thomas E. Cahill, 19, Albany, Thomas B. Hollister, 19, of 450 River Road, Hammond, Christopher Masuicca, 19, of 148 Sawmill Road, Pulaski, Samuel W.R. Monnat, 20, of 3148 County Route 2, Pulaski, Cody M. Peterson, 19, of 882 Centerville Road, Pulaski, Camron R. Waters, 20, of Delmar, and Luke M. Williamson, 20, of Greenwood, with causing physical injury to Mr. Lindsey.

Mr. Lindsey said he, Mr. Pupp and Mr. Kron were run through a gamut of tasks that included fishing excrement out of a toilet and rubbing hot sauce into their crotches during “Hell Night,” Nov. 6, when “they started hazing us really bad.”

Mr. Lindsey said he was brought into a bathroom, where Mr. Monnat told him to grab his feces out of the toilet and “if I was a true brother, I would eat it.”

“I grabbed it … and told him it was not sanitary,” Mr. Lindsey said, before he was told to drop the excrement to the ground.

The three pledges then were forced to chew a concoction of Red Man chewing tobacco, hot sauce and other ingredients for five minutes before spitting it out, followed by doing the same with onions, Mr. Lindsey said.

Then they were told to lie down.

“All active members cracked an egg in Matt’s mouth, who had to spit it into my mouth then into Brandon’s mouth and back again,” Mr. Lindsey told police.

If Mr. Kron spit out a broken yolk at the end, they would have to start all over again. Mr. Lindsey said this happened six times.

The three men then had eggs cracked over their heads and hot sauce, shampoo and hair conditioner poured over their crotches by Mr. Cahill and Mr. Peterson. They were told to rub it in for about 15 minutes, Mr. Lindsey said.

Mr. Lindsey told police that before the start of Hell Night, Mr. Waters’s father, former Harrisville Central School District Superintendent Rolf A. Waters, branded his son in the living room of the fraternity house with a clothes hanger, making a “Z” on Camron Waters’s left buttock.

Mr. Williamson, Mr. Hollister, Mr. Masuicca and Mr. Cahill also were branded, saying they were doing it for the three pledges, Mr. Lindsey said.

A telephone number for Rolf Waters, who reportedly has moved away from the area, could not be found Thursday. No charges were brought stemming from the alleged branding, as no complaints related to it were filed with police.

The series of alleged events took a physical toll on Mr. Lindsey, he told police.

“On Nov. 7 I woke up shaking like a leaf,” Mr. Lindsey said. “I slept through all of my classes and felt like I was in shock.”

Mr. Lindsey said he avoided contact with everyone associated with the fraternity that day.

He went to a friend’s dorm room and got the resident assistant. When Mr. Williamson, Mr. Cahill and Mr. Masuicca came to talk with Mr. Lindsey, he told them he wanted to be left alone.

“Chris and Tom Cahill told me I couldn’t do anything because one of their alumni was a local cop,” Mr. Lindsey said.

The students were the only members of Zeta Alpha Phi. Following an investigation by the college, the fraternity was permanently disbanded and its members were expelled or suspended for several years.

The college would not reveal which students were suspended and which were expelled, citing privacy laws.

The seven men are scheduled to appear Jan. 22 in Town Court.

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