Alleged hazing at Cal State Bakersfield investigated
Bakersfield police are investigating allegations that four Cal State Bakersfield students were repeatedly beaten and shot with a BB pellet gun as part of an initiation to join an unsanctioned fraternity.
Four men -- three of them current Cal State Bakersfield students and one an alumnus -- were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, torture, conspiracy and hazing in the incidents, which allegedly occurred March 28 to April 25. A fifth Cal State student is also suspected of taking part, police said.
All of the current students have been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Police are reviewing videos, cellphone records and other electronic evidence seized from the homes of several of the suspects, and preparing to submit the case to the Kern County district attorney's office.
-- Carla Rivera