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Geneseo hazing death arrests

Charges were handed up Tuesday in the hazing death of a SUNY Geneseo college student from Queens.

The Livingston County District Attorney’s office charged three members of the Pigs Fraternity, who they say are responsible for the death of 19-year-old Arman Partamian.

They are charged with criminally negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence. They pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance and face up to four years in prison for each charge if convicted.

“I am tired and saddened each and every time I have to call a student’s parent and tell them they’re either sick or dead. And it’s never for a good reason, it’s never something accidental, it’s always something stupid like drinking to excess,” said Livingston County District Attorney Thomas E. Moran.

Geneseo’s president issued a statement saying, “We are continuing to evaluate our options for campus disciplinary action against the students charged in this case, but we can take no final action until we have official reports on the investigation from law enforcement authorities.”

Partamian died on March 1st as the result of excessive drinking while pledging the Pigs Fraternity.

He is a 2007 graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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