- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Police in Grand Forks, North Dakota, determined that a man who claimed to have been the victim of a vicious anti-gay attack at a University of North Dakota fraternity made up the entire story.

Haakon Gisvold is accused of lying to police in August about a brutal assault and robbery at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He claimed that fraternity members shouted anti-gay slurs as they beat him, choked him, stripped him down to his underwear and robbed him. He said he hid in a bush until someone brought him clothes, The Daily Caller reported.

“I just want those guys to learn from this,” he told The Associated Press at the time. “They could go to jail, sure, but they could go to jail and then come out with the same mindset that they don’t like homosexuals.”

Upon hearing the story, Lambda Chi Alpha’s national headquarters in Indianapolis restricted UND’s Epsilon-Zeta chapter from all formal activities. University of North Dakota President Robert O. Kelley also sent an email to students expressing his disappointment in the fraternity’s actions, the Daily Caller said.

“Violent behavior of this nature is not tolerated at UND,” Mr. Kelley wrote in September. “Any student or student organization found to have violated the UND Code of Student Life will be subject to disciplinary action.”

But during a monthlong investigation, which included identifying 150 potential witnesses, police determined that Mr. Gisvold concocted the entire story. There was a physical altercation, but police determined that Mr. Gisvold instigated it. Investigators recommended charging him with providing false information to police, but county prosecutor David Jones decided not to file charges.

“While probable cause may exist to conclude that such an offense took place, at this time there is not a substantial likelihood of conviction, as such pursuing a criminal charge is not deemed to be in the interest of justice,” Mr. Jones told a local ABC News affiliate.


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