No charges filed in fraternity buttocks branding
February 18, 2010
BRECKENRIDGE – Authorities have concluded that no crime occurred when a Texas Christian University student’s buttocks were branded with a hot hanger during a fraternity trip to Breckenridge last month.
“All the evidence suggests that Amon Carter IV was a willing participant and the branding was not part of any fraternity initiation, as he is already a full member,” according to a Breckenridge Police Department press release.
Statements from Carter and 12 other TCU students were reviewed in addition to videos and photos obtained through a search warrant. Investigators met Thursday morning with District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, where it was concluded that there was no probable cause for a crime having occurred, according to the press release.
Carter received second- and third-degree burns after Greek symbols for his fraternity and a sorority were burned into his fanny at 158 Beavers Drive the night of Jan. 8. Plastic surgery is necessary to repair the damage, according to a previous report.