‘Tor­turer’ frat rats ar­rested

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Nine mem­bers of an un­rec­og­nized up­state SUNY col­lege fra­ter­nity were busted Thurs­day for il­le­gal haz­ing and tor­tur­ing a rat to in­tim­i­date dis­senters, po­lice said.

The men, in­clud­ing six cur­rent and three former stu­dents at the Col­lege at Brock­port, “ba­si­cally tor­tured [a] rat as an ex­am­ple of what would hap­pen if some­body came for­ward or tried to leave the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Brock­port Po­lice Lt. Mark Cuz­zupoli.

“A ham­mer was used in one in­stance and a fist in an­other,” Cuz­zupoli said. “It’s nasty. It’s de­spi­ca­ble. It’s dis­gust­ing.”

The group, whose mem­bers called them­selves the Delts, lived in a house bor­der­ing the cam­pus west of Rochester.

They face var­i­ous mis­de­meanor counts, in­clud­ing haz­ing, crim­i­nal nui­sance, as­sault and al­co­hol-re­lated un­law­fully deal­ing with a child and an­i­mal cru­elty, po­lice said.

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