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Drug conspiracy nets Lincoln man 12 years
Drug conspiracy nets Lincoln man 12 years

The father of an alleged hazing victim sued the Sigma Chi chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, nine of its members and the national fraternity, for performing and condoning acts "so outrageous as to exceed the standards of human decency."

In April, UNL officials suspended the fraternity after a search warrant was unsealed that detailed several hazing allegations - including one in which a stripper was directed by fraternity officers to penetrate the plaintiff's son with a vibrator.

The result of the fraternity's actions, the lawsuit states, is that the alleged victim "was humiliated, suffered and continues to suffer pain." He transferred from UNL and has sought psychological and psychiatric counseling, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in Lancaster County District Court, restates much of what was alleged by the former pledge in a search warrant executed by police.

UNL police began investigating Sigma Chi after the plaintiff's son came forward in February and said that he had been repeatedly hazed by fraternity officers.

As part of an initiation process that began in October and continued through early 2009, the former pledge alleged that he was ordered to drink vodka and Tabasco sauce shots until he threw up, despite being 18.

He said he and other pledges were verbally assaulted in a room called the "John Wayne Room" and made to leap-frog each other around the Sigma Chi house while members hurled ice and wet paper towels at them, an activity called "Busy as a Bee."

And at an off-campus party, the plaintiff's son was handcuffed and allegedly sexually assaulted by a stripper.

The stripper was not named in the lawsuit.

Reach Cory Matteson at 473-7438 or cmatteson@journalstar.com.

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