KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A University of Tennessee student who ended up in the hospital after an alleged "alcohol enema" incident at a fraternity house on campus was in critical condition and showed signs of physical and possible sexual assault, according to a report from the University of Tennessee Police Department.
Campus officials released several supplemental pages to the original police report Wednesday morning and held a press conference.
The move comes in response to an investigation that began early Saturday morning after 20-year-old Xander Broughton was brought to UT Medical Center with a blood alcohol level of more than .40, according to a release from the Knoxville Police Department.
One of the four people who took Broughton to the hospital initially was not cooperative with UT police, according to the report. Eventually, however, the student admitted to a KPD investigator that Broughton's condition was caused by "butt-chugging" wine at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house and described that as "inserting a tube into the anus and then funneling an alcoholic beverage rectally.
When officers responded to the Pi Kappa Alpha, or Pike, fraternity house, they found beer cans, alcohol paraphernalia, and a plastic bottle that appeared to be from the interior of a wine box on the outside landing of the building, according to the report.
Inside, they found several people passed out and seemingly under the influence of alcohol. Officers also found several bags from wine boxes strewn about as well as an air soft pistol, which was taken into evidence.
Officers issued 12 citations for underage drinking, plus one more for disorderly conduct.
The report describes one student initially refusing to sign his citation but later conceding upon the threat of arrest.
Another student initially lied to police about drinking, saying he was on probation in Memphis. He's described in the report as having a "panic attack" and was seen by medical personnel. He was not transported to the hospital, however, and did not receive a citation.
While officers were on the scene, the president of the fraternity arrived on campus. In the report, he's described as appearing intoxicated but claimed he had no knowledge of what was happening. He was seen talking on his phone several times, and when officers learned he may have been advising other members of the fraternity to "stay away from the house," he was asked to put away his phone. He did so reluctantly, according to the report.
Wednesday morning, Tim Rogers, UT's vice chancellor for student life, addressed the media on the allegations.
He said he was disappointed in the allegations, especially given that the alleged incident happened less than two weeks after officials had met with the presidents of most of the fraternities on campus to discuss and address a recent spike in alcohol-related incidents on campus.
Rogers said, while the incident has certainly given the university a "black eye," he stressed that the allegations are certainly not representative of the majority of Greek students on campus.
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