CANTON One of seven former SUNY Canton students accused of injuring a fraternity pledge in a November hazing incident at 72 Miner St. pleaded guilty at arraignment in Town Court Wednesday.
Thomas E. Cahill, 19, Albany, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, a violation, in a plea deal with the St. Lawrence County district attorneys office, reducing his original misdemeanor charge of first-degree hazing.
As part of the plea deal, Mr. Cahill is required to do 50 hours of community service and pay a total of $275 in court fines, fees and surcharges. He was given a one-year conditional discharge.
Along with Mr. Cahill, Thomas B. Hollister, 19, of 450 River Road, Hammond; Cody M. Peterson, 19, of 882 Centerville Road, Pulaski; Camron R. Waters, 20, Delmar; and Luke M. Williamson, 20, Greenwood, all appeared for arraignment. Each pleaded not guilty to the hazing charge. They were all released on their own recognizance.
Christopher Masuicca, 19, of 148 Sawmill Road, Pulaski, and Samuel W.R. Monnat, 20, of 3148 County Route 2, Pulaski, had their arraignments adjourned. They, along with Mr. Hollister, Mr. Waters and Mr. Williamson, are scheduled to reappear in court on Feb. 26.
Mr. Peterson is scheduled to return on March 26.
The students were the only members of Zeta Alpha Phi, a SUNY Canton fraternity. Following an investigation by the college, the fraternity was permanently disbanded and its members were expelled or suspended for several years.
All the men were accused of injuring 21-year-old pledge Bryan C. Lindsey by paddling his backside. Mr. Lindsey alleged in a statement to police that he and fellow fraternity pledges Brandon Pupp and Matt Kron also were run through a gamut of hazing that included fishing excrement out of a toilet and rubbing hot sauce into their crotches during Hell Night, Nov. 6.