CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia University student has surrendered to police in connection with a fraternity hazing incident from November.
Michael William Sousa, 21, of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on hazing charges, Morgantown police said. Sousa, a communication studies major and member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, was being held on a $2,500 bond.
Sousa is the second person to be arrested in relation to the incident. In December, police arrested Andrew Nemes, 21, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and also charged him with battery and hazing. He was released on a $2,000 bond.
Police said the incident occurred Nov. 15 when members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity physically assaulted a 19-year-old male as part of an initiation. The victim was injured as a result.
Morgantown police received information about the incident on Nov. 17, and the West Virginia University Department of Public Safety received similar information the next day.
Morgantown Police Department detectives contacted the victim to investigate the incident and recover any evidence that the victim may have had in his possession. At the time, the victim declined to provide further information until after legal and family consultation.
On Dec. 13, Morgantown detectives were able to interview the victim and potential witnesses and began a criminal investigation.
Police are still investigating the incident and additional arrests may be pending. Media outlets have reported the fraternity has been suspended from WVU.
Correction: Due to an error in a press release from the Morgantown Police Department, an earlier version of this story stated Sousa was also being charged with battery. He is only being charged with hazing.