Indiana U of Pennsylvania frat suspended after rape charge

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) – An Indiana University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been temporarily suspended by its national governing body after a student was charged with raping a woman there last month.

Police in Indiana, Pennsylvania, say that 19-year-old William Rice Scott, of Ellwood City, assaulted the woman at the Sigma Chi fraternity house on Aug. 28.

Scott is not a member or pledge of the fraternity. Though he was a student at the time of the alleged rape, he’s no longer enrolled at IUP, a state-run university about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The suspension means the fraternity cannot recruit new members, conduct meetings, or conduct charitable or social events.

Scott faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 13 on charges including rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. His attorney, William Difenderfer, couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

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