Hazing investigation moves forward
Two additional arrest warrants were issued on Thursday afternoon for a ninth person in connection to the hazing of two Youngstown State University students.
Raheem Satterthwaite, 22, of Illinois Avenue, and a former YSU student, was charged with two counts of felonious assault.
City Prosecutor Jay Macejko said in an email that he doesn’t expect more charges to be filed at this time against the nine suspects.
“We do expect one charge to be issued at a later date,” Macejko said. “This charge will be lodged against a cooperating witness.”
WKBN reported that a local school teacher has been cooperating in the investigation and that charges are expected to be filed against him.
Several suspects were arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court on Friday.
Lavell Sharp, 25, of Green Acres Drive in Liberty, turned himself in and was arraigned Friday morning. Following his arraignment Sharp was taken into police custody and transported to the Mahoning County Jail.
Sources report that Sharp is a YSU student and has been ordered to stay off campus and is not allowed to have any contact with members of Kappa Alpha Psi (KAP), the fraternity under investigation. Sharp is also unable to attend class.
Wade Hampton, Jairus Ford, Jason Anderson, Trey McCune and Edward Robertson, were also arraigned this afternoon.
None of the suspects entered a plea and are on $25,000 cash assurance bond per count.
Hampton was also issued a no contact order with YSU, victims, or anyone associated with KAP. He was taken into custody after the arraignment because of the warrant for his arrest.
Ford was also taken into custody following his arraignment.
McCune and Robertson were already in custody and had a video arraignment Friday afternoon. They turned themselves in early Friday.
Macejko said detectives are aware of and have spoken with a third victim.
“These young men (victims) who came forward are to be commended for doing so and I hope that this unfortunate incident sends a message to those who would engage in hazing behavior or activities,” Macejko said. “I remain shocked at the severity of these incidents.”
A pre-trial date was set for Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Youngstown Municipal Court.