Ex-Student Accused in Hazing Gets Probation Before Judgment

A former Towson University student charged in a fraternity hazing incident that left a pledge hospitalized has gotten probation before judgment.

Court records show 21-year-old Evan Francis of Olney was granted probation before judgment on Monday. He had been charged with hazing a 19-year-old, who police say was forced to drink something that burned his mouth, esophagus and digestive tract March 31.

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said by phone Wednesday that Francis had agreed to a statement of facts in court, which meant prosecutors did not have to bring the case to trial.

Shellenberger says Francis has done 60 hours of community service and is continuing to receive counseling.

The Towson chapter of the fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, was closed by the national fraternity until at least 2012.

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