BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A member of a fraternity at a Florida university says he landed in the emergency room this fall after being bound and forced to chug liquor.
Nicholas Letteri, 19, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, gave police information on the Oct. 17 incident, but said he would not cooperate with a criminal investigation, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.
Police have closed their investigation and forwarded the case, their first hazing incident, to the Palm Beach County State's Attorney's office for advice about the hazing statute, police Chief Charles Lowe said.
The school has temporarily suspended the fraternity's Xi chapter and is conducting its own review, with a decision about its fate expected by the beginning of January, Dean of Students Corey King said.
Letteri told police he was tied up and forced to drink beer and liquor while frat members drew on his back with permanent marker and doused him with a squirt gun.
Letteri said he repeatedly vomited after being given beers to chug.
"The guys continued to spray me with the squirt guns, and what really upset me was one of the guys that owns the house told one of the kids squirting me to stop because he was getting it on the floor and furniture," Letteri said.
Letteri said he eventually blacked out, and the next night, still sick, he went to the emergency room where he received fluids intravenously.