- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Two male University of South Dakota students have admitted vandalizing a fraternity house on campus because they were drunk and angry about being kicked out of a party, police say.

Someone spray painted the words “We date rape” on the side of the Phi Delta Theta house over the weekend. Fraternity members have since washed off most of the gold paint on the building’s red brick exterior.

The two suspects were identified Tuesday and confessed, Police Chief Matt Betzen told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper (https://bit.ly/1KpsYnD ). He did not elaborate on how they were identified or release their identities.

Police have turned the case over to the Clay County state’s attorney for consideration of criminal charges. State’s Attorney Teddi Gertsma said her initial sense is that the incident likely won’t be treated as a major offense.

“I haven’t seen the reports yet, but it sounds like a Class 2 misdemeanor, same as a speeding ticket,” she said.

Both police and university officials have said there is nothing to indicate that any Phi Delta Theta member has been involved in a sexual assault.

“I am working closely with the fraternity to help them move past this unfortunate event,” USD Greek Life Coordinator Laura Roof said.


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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