Tahlequah Daily Press

December 11, 2012

OSU fraternity investigation may extend to Tahlequah


From staff reports

STILLWATER — Authorities in Stillwater are looking into allegations of sexual assault involving a former FarmHouse fraternity member of Oklahoma State University, and the case may have Tahlequah ties.

Stillwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson told the Stillwater NewsPress the alleged assaults may have taken place in Tahlequah, as well as on the OSU campus in Stillwater and within the city of Stillwater.

Police in Stillwater told the NewsPress they would notify local police departments of the investigation, but neither Tahlequah Chief of Police Clay Mahaney nor Cherokee County Sheriff Norman Fisher had been told of the alleged assaults as of Monday evening.

OSU officials reportedly learned about a series of possible sexual assaults on Nov. 12, and later began an investigation, which concluded Nov. 30. OSU Communications Director Gary Shutt told the NewsPress five students filed allegations against one individual – who is no longer affiliated with the OSU fraternity – and five student conduct hearings were held.

“They have concluded and action has been taken,” Shutt told the Stillwater newspaper.

Alleged victims were reportedly told they could contact police at their choosing, and OSU officials did not notify police about the allegations, the NewsPress reported.

Stillwater police have reportedly been investigating the alleged sexual assaults since last Thursday, after an anonymous email was sent to OSU’s campus newspaper.

According to The Daily O’Collegian, the email alleges the former OSU fraternity member is responsible for more than 10 assaults on new frat members.

Dickerson told The Daily O’Collegian that Stillwater police believe there are “numerous possible victims.”