Two men from Maryland have been charged with rαping a teenager at a fraternity party held at Johns Hopkins University. The men, 20-year-old Chaz Haggins and 19-year-old Ethan Turner were arrested for rαpe and sëxual assault charges that stem from an attack on a 16-year-old girl that occurred during a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party.
The girl reported to police that Haggins and Turner forced her to perform sêxual acts before also rαping her. University spokesman Dennis O’Shea reports that neither one of the men attend Johns Hopkins University and neither is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity that hosted the party where the incident occurred. Despite the men not being affiliated with the fraternity, the school has suspended the fraternity for “underage drinking and other possible violations of university policy.”
Johns Hopkins University spokesman Dennis O’Shea released a statement stating, “We also have been working with the leadership of all Johns Hopkins fraternities to implement their interim plan for enhancing the safety and well-being of attendees at their social events.”
The assault comes as Johns Hopkins is already under federal investigation for how it has handled previous sëxual assault complaints. The investigation was launched in response to a complaint filed by students with the U.S. Department of Education. Johns Hopkins has previously been involved in controversy for being aware of an alleged gang rape at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity but not informing students or prohibiting the fraternity from hosting parties.
The two men involved in the most recent sëxual assault case are currently being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. In addition to the criminal investigation, Johns Hopkins reports that the school has launched their own internal investigation into the assault, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon has also launched its own investigation.