BY MELISSA LEE
Lincoln Journal Star
One member of Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pleaded no contest to a hazing charge Thursday, while the attorney for another argued in a pre-trial hearing the six hazing complaints leveled against his client were too vague to be properly defended.
Both appeared in Lancaster County Court before Judge Gale Pokorny.
First, Pokorny found Jonathan Knudsen, 21, of Grand Island guilty of hazing and scheduled a pre-sentencing investigation for Oct. 30.
Hazing is a Class II misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Knudsen was one of nine Sigma Chi members to be cited during a UNL police investigation into the fraternity, which has been suspended since April.
Police began investigating Sigma Chi after a former pledge came forward in February and said he and other pledges had been subjected to repeated hazing from fall 2008 to early 2009. Full story.