Pledges defend Chico State fraternity members facing charges

Thirteen pledges to a Chico State University fraternity that is the subject of a criminal hazing case are proposing a settlement: $1.

University police began investigating the fraternity after receiving reports of hazing.

But the pledges say they were never put in danger during last April's initiation rituals for the school's now-defunct Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Three members of the fraternity were charged in July and face misdemeanor counts for subjecting pledges to strenuous physical activity, ice baths and other activities that could cause bodily injury.

Prosecutors say the students' $1 settlement offer isn't valid because the matter is a criminal case.

Information from: Oroville Mercury-Register,

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